The UK could be losing out on 800m meals from “hidden food” which could help 5.8m people living in “deep poverty”, according to food redistribution charity FareShare.
The charity, which celebrates its’ 10th anniversary as an independent organisation this year, tackles food poverty through redistributing food surplus within the food and drink industry. It estimates that up to 400,000 tonnes of this food surplus is edible and in date and could provide 800m meals; equivalent to 13 meals per person in the UK.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare added that it is till only using 1.5 percent of surplus food, however. “FareShare has been working with leading supermarkets and suppliers for over 20 years to rescue good food from going to waste and redirect it to people in need across the UK. Over the past decade we have redistributed enough surplus to provide over 67m meals. This is a great milestone to reach in our 10th anniversary and we are only using 1.5 per cent of surplus food. However this is just the tip of the iceberg of what is potentially available and we could be providing so much more from this source.”
Since becoming an independent organisation in 2004, FareShare has seen huge growth and had some significant achievements, including:
- the number of meals provided by FareShare has increased by more than 300% over 10 years
- the number of charities becoming FareShare members have increased by more than 400% over 10 years
- the amount of food FareShare redistributes has increased by 205% over 10 years.
Lindsay added: “We have grown phenomenally over the past 10 years in our UK operations and our links within the food and drink industry. We have a huge challenge in the future in getting further into the supply chain to meet ever growing demand for our services but we have a solid and sustainable solution to food poverty which can help tackle an ever growing issue in Britain.”