Produce for 1 million meals

IPL fruit at FareShare Yorkshire

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24 April 2017

IPL (International Procurement and Logistics), one of FareShare’s key produce partners have hit the milestone of providing enough surplus fruit and vegetables to make over 1 million meals for vulnerable people.

FareShare and IPL have been working together since 2011 to ensure that any produce that would otherwise go to waste is used to provide nutritious meals for people that might otherwise struggle to access good quality, healthy food.

IPL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Asda and part of the Walmart family. They supply the vast majority of FareShare’s 20 Regional Centres with a wide range of surplus produce including, tomatoes, cucumbers, oranges, grapes, melons, plums and pineapples.

Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO says: “IPL are a valuable partner for FareShare, who have been supporting us for over 5 years now. Huge thanks and congratulations to the team for suppling us with enough surplus produce to make over 1 million meals for vulnerable people. That is a huge contribution, which is so very welcomed by all the charities we support.

“IPL are enabling these charities to provide fresh, nutritious meals to people who would otherwise struggle to access good food, in turn helping to improve diets and personal wellbeing. We look forward to working together over many more years to come.

Kellie Schofield, Group Responsible Sourcing Manager at IPL says: “Food poverty is a significant problem in the UK and here at IPL, we want to help make a difference. As we continue to build on our relationship with FareShare we ensure that as much as possible of our fresh produce surplus goes to feed people in need. We are immensely proud of the strong relationship with FareShare and reaching the milestone of 1 million meals.”

Why this matters

Claire Fraser is a volunteer chef at Greenwich Migrant Hub. She explains that having access to fresh fruit and vegetables is so important for the vulnerable families and children they support, as they would otherwise struggle to afford fresh produce:

"The most appreciated food we get is the fruit. It is a real luxury to a lot of our clients. One woman was so excited when she saw we had watermelon from FareShare as it’s her son’s favourite thing but she can never justify spending money on it. Good food makes people feel valued. We all deserve more than the basics."

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