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The John Lewis Partnership will donate four million healthy snacks to FareShare

4 August 2021

With up to three million children at risk of going hungry over the school holidays, the John Lewis Partnership has unveiled a number of initiatives to help families in need this summer.

“Working with Waitrose farms and suppliers through the Farm to Family campaign offers FareShare a fantastic opportunity to access food that would otherwise end up going to waste, at a time when millions of people are going hungry across the UK.”

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare

Waitrose will work with FareShare and its farmers and suppliers to donate 4 million healthy snacks* over the summer to more than 3,000 charities and local organisations across the UK, many of which will be part of the government’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme.

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, said: “Waitrose is leading by example with the Farm to Family campaign, championing waste reduction in its own supply chain, brokering introductions and encouraging suppliers’ to divert food to FareShare. This means that food that is surplus to requirement and at risk of being wasted is instead redistributed to charities and community groups across the UK, using an environmental problem to provide a social solution.

“Thanks to Farm Family, FareShare has been introduced to new suppliers, giving us access to new sources of food for the charities we work with. Farm to Family has already supplied over one million meals worth of produce, meat and eggs, and will now aim to provide 4.5 million portions of fruit and salad for children over the summer.”

Marija Rompani, Ethics & Sustainability Director at the John Lewis Partnership, comments: “The summer holidays should be a glorious and carefree time for young children but the sad reality is that many go hungry.

“We know many families are struggling this summer and we want to do our part. We are therefore harnessing our long-standing relationships with our farmers and suppliers to provide nourishing and healthy snacks this summer. We can’t act in isolation and are thrilled that so many food businesses are joining us in taking an active role this summer to help vulnerable families in need. If we all join together in tackling this issue, then we can help end child poverty for good.”

This new initiative follows in the footsteps of the John Lewis Partnership’s Give a Little Love** “Farm to Family” initiative, which saw five million surplus food items diverted directly from British farms to reach families in need across the UK***.

The Partnership will also be making an annual donation of £200k to the Trussell Trust, which will help to enable 136 food banks in the Trussell Trust network to support thousands of families with emergency food and practical support over the summer - with 55,000 families that use food banks in the Trussell Trust network having been supported already this year.

Customers are also being invited to donate to help families online via DONR.

*Volume by fruit type will vary from week to week however the selection will include bananas, grapes, stone fruit (peach, nectarine, plum), citrus fruits, melon, exotic fruits (mango, kiwi) as well as tomatoes and cucumber.

**The JLP’s Give a Little Love campaign aims to make a lasting difference to some of those hit hardest during the last year. It has already raised over £3million for long term charity partners FareShare, Home-Start and local community groups, with a further £2million pledged earlier this year.

***FareShare is the UK largest food redistribution charity in the UK believing that no good food should go to waste, especially when people are going hungry. We’ve partnered with FareShare for a number of years, and our first phase of the Farm to Family initiative (March to July 2021) was transformational. Some key figures associated with this campaign include:

  • Total tonnage of food redistributed - 626 tonnes
    • This includes 112 tonnes of meat and eggs that were purchased
  • Equivalent number of meals donated -1,490,544  meals
  • Number of charities supported - 3,500
  • Estimated number of beneficiaries supported - 420,000  beneficiaries
  • Estimated Co2 saving - 526,400kg 1,645,856 kg of Co2 saved