WRAP report confirms “huge potential” to redistribute surplus food

17 May 2016

17 May 2016

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In response to new research from food waste prevention organisation, WRAP, which estimates that 270,000 tonnes of surplus from the food and drink industry could be redistributed to feed people each year, instead of going to waste, FareShare CEO, Lindsay Boswell says:

“WRAP’s report confirms what FareShare has been saying for some time: that hundreds of thousands of tonnes of good, surplus food could be saved from waste each year, and redistributed to charities to feed vulnerable people.

“While some people may be shocked to hear that so much edible food currently goes to waste, FareShare’s experience suggests that WRAP’s figures are actually understated, and that as much as 400,000 tonnes of good, in date surplus food could be redistributed to feed people each year.

“More than 450 food companies already work in partnership with FareShare to redistribute surplus food to the people who need it most and last year, we redistributed enough surplus food to make 17.7 million meals, which frontline charities served up alongside life-changing support. Yet only about 10,000 tonnes of surplus food is currently redistributed to charities each year, so there’s clearly huge potential to do more.

“Some food businesses may be unsure about the types of surplus food they can redistribute or feel daunted about the process, but FareShare will work with them to make it as easy and cost-effective as possible to identify and redistribute their good, surplus food to the people who need it most.

“We look forward to working with WRAP, DEFRA and others to build on and refine estimates of edible surplus, and to reduce barriers to the redistribution of food to frontline charities, with the aim of ensuring that no good food goes to waste.”