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New Scottish Government Funding Will Rescue 2 Million Meals

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26 August 2021

Fareshare has been awarded a £200,000 grant from the Scottish Government to step up its fight on food waste.

The funding will support Fareshare’s unique ‘Surplus with Purpose’ scheme, which works with farmers, growers and manufacturers to cover the additional costs involved with getting their unsold good-to-eat food onto people’s plates.

Across the UK, over a quarter of all the food grown is never eaten. This wasted harvest accounts for between 6% and 7% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions.

This new grant from the Scottish Government will enable 890 tonnes of food to be eaten, equivalent to 2 million meals.

Jon Molyneux, Fareshare’s Scottish Affairs Lead, said:

“While some surplus food is unavoidable, it is often cheaper for farmers and producers to send that for waste treatment, feed it to animals, or plough it back into fields, when it could be used to make healthy meals.

“Making sure that good food gets eaten is by far the best thing for the environment. Thanks to this funding we can help Scottish producers step up the fight against food waste ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, as well as helping to provide more than 2 million meals in communities across Scotland.”

Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport Michael Matheson said:

“This is a really positive project that will help good causes access good food. Community food organisations are doing so much to bring people and communities together, tackling isolation and supporting wellbeing – this investment will help to further these efforts. What's more, by keeping food out of landfill, it will reduce the harmful emissions that contribute to climate change."

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Media contact: Jon Molyneux, Scottish Affairs Lead, FareShare, 07572 590 558, [email protected]