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Country Food Trust hits one million meals milestone

7 May 2020

Charity food producer The Country Food Trust has created one million meals for people in need since its launch just four years ago – with more than 590,000 meals having been diverted to FareShare’s network of Regional Centres.

“So many people are finding themselves in difficulty at present and we have so much more to do. FareShare has been instrumental in our journey to a million meals being delivered.”

Tim Woodward, CEO of The Country Food Trust

The Country Food Trust creates nutritious dinners in ready-meal format for vulnerable people, such as pheasant curry and pheasant casserole, made from surplus game meat. The meals come in pouch sizes of either 300g for individuals, or 2kg packs which are designed for use by caterers for larger groups of people.

The organisation has been working with FareShare since its inception in 2015, with FareShare redistributing the Trust’s meals through its network of 11,000 charities across the UK. Charities receiving meals provided by the Country Food Trust include those supporting the homeless, older people, families, and those tackling addiction, loneliness or social isolation.

By coincidence, this week saw The Country Food Trust deliver their millionth meal to the very warehouse they provided their very first meal to – FareShare South West. The Bristol-based warehouse currently serves over 200 frontline charities and community groups, a number of which will receive deliveries of the pouches in the coming weeks.

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of FareShare UK, said: “More than eight million people across the UK were already struggling to afford food even before the lockdown measures, and we know many more families will now face financial hardship. That’s why, now more than ever, it is vital that we ensure those who are most vulnerable have access to good, nutritious food.

“The hearty meals provided by The Country Food Trust are extremely valuable for the charities we supply and the vulnerable people they serve – not least because of their high nutritional value.

“With demand for our service rising, we are proud to work with The Country Food Trust to get food onto the plates of those who need it most.”

Tim Woodward, CEO of The Country Food Trust, said: "A huge thank you to Lindsay Boswell and all at Fareshare for all their help and support over the years as we work together to help people in food poverty. So many people are finding themselves in difficulty at present and we have so much more to do. FareShare has been instrumental in our journey to a million meals being delivered."

To find out more about how FareShare works with food businesses to redistribute their surplus food to vulnerable people, click here.