UK Food Industry urged by parliamentary inquiry to give more food to FareShare

2 June 2014

2 June 2014: The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty, co-chaired by Frank Field MP and the Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton, is today publishing interim recommendations; the Group is calling on the UK Food Industry to give more food to people in need.

“Supermarkets must double the amount of unwanted food they hand out to Britain’s hungry to help to combat “immoral” levels of waste, a parliamentary inquiry has warned.” via @thetimes. Read The Times article here.

mixed fruit credit James Darling

This call by the All-parliamentary Group is incredibly welcome” says Lindsay Boswell in an interview on BBC Radio 4 You and Yours Programme.

FareShare currently provides 1 million meals a month and supplies over 1,290 charities and community organisations across the UK,  a 41% increase in twelve months. 62,200 people received food from FareShare every day last year, up from 43,700 in 2012 and 36,500 in 2011.

FareShare operates in 18 regions, through Regional Centres that redistributes quality food to local charity members, such as breakfast clubs, luncheon clubs for elderly and women’s refuges. These frontline organisations FareShare works with offer not only a meal, but vital support services,  helping address the wider causes of why they are struggling to feed themselves.

FareShare estimate that there’s enough surplus food for another 800 million meals in
the UK.

Read our response to the House of Lords inquiry on Food Waste Prevention (6 April), in which we urge the Government to stick to its promise to follow the principles of the food waste hierarchy, ensuring that when surplus food arises, it is diverted to charities and used to feed people in need.

food waste hierarchy