Government grant will redistribute six million more meals across England

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:

Eight charities and not-for-profit groups will receive grants from the government’s £500,000 Food Waste Reduction Fund, administered by WRAP.

The funding will provide vital resources for organisations including Action Homeless in Leicester, FareShare in southern England and Yorkshire and REfUSE Durham.

Grants will range from £40,000 to £75,000 and are predicited to redistribute an extra 2,500 tonnes of food to people in need, equating to around six million meals.

Surplus food redistribution from retailers, manufacturers and hospitality and food services businesses have increased by 50% in just two years, according to WRAP’s latest data.

Charitable redistribution rose by around 80% over the two-year period, with an increase of 30% via commercial organisations.

Food redistributed in 2017 was worth almost £130 million- an increase from 2015 to 2017 worth over £40 million.

Peter Maddox, WRAP director, said: “Our research shows food redistributed, from manufacturers and retailers, could increase further, by more than 200,000 tonnes.

“There’s potential too to source greater amounts of surplus food from other parts of the supply chain like primary production, and the hospitality and food service sector.”

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