#RunningOnEmpty : Help the most vulnerable communities in the UK during the Cost of Living crisis

Nearly 7 million people are said to be going hungry in the UK, including 2 million children. That is an increase of 2 million since the pandemic. Research suggests almost half of all children are living in families who are unable to meet the cost of some basic necessities.

A major new survey of more than 1,200 charities and community groups, which rely on food from FareShare to feed people at risk of hunger, highlights the dramatic impact the cost-of-living crisis is having on the most vulnerable families across the UK

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#FoodOnPlates: Wasting good food should never be cheaper than feeding people

  • Right now, it’s cheaper for farmers to waste good-to-eat food than get it to frontline charities putting meals onto people’s plates.
  • ‘Lifeline’ government funding that helped farmers rescue their fresh, unsold food has been axed – with calls to renew it rejected.
  • Without this funding 53m meals worth of food a year will be needlessly wasted – thrown into biogas digesters, sent to landfill or simply ploughed back into the fields.

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