At TAF we try to ensure that all our residents eat well balanced, nutritious and healthy meals. However, one of the biggest costs that The Ashley Foundation incur is our food bill.
At each of our 3 hostels, The Ashley Foundation Chef’s prepare, cook and serve our 62 residents, 4 meals per day, 365 days a year… that’s a staggering 90,520 individual meals every year!
However, 1.9 million tonnes of food is wasted by the food industry every year in the UK.
By “food industry” we mean all businesses involved in the supply of food. It includes everyone from farmers and growers to manufacturers and processors to wholesalers, retailers and food service companies
FareShare redistribute surplus food… Fresh in date and good to eat surplus from the food industry, which would otherwise go to waste. Last year they managed 13,552 tonnes of foodThe Ashley Foundation collects weekly donations from the FareShare depot in Preston and by working in partnership this helps to lower our food bills whilst reducing food waste.
Jeff Green: Food Distribution Centre Manager
Lidl Feed It Back Network
Lidl Supermarkets are proud to be partnering with Neighbourly, the award-winning social platform, to launch their first national food redistribution programme: Feed It Back
The Feed It Back network is aimed at ensuring local charity projects can benefit from Lidl’s quality food surplus. Working with Neighbourly, Lidl stores are teaming up with charities, such as The Ashley Foundation, situated close to their stores who will make good use of surplus food.
The Ashley Foundation make regular weekly collections of quality produce directly from the Lidl stores, which brings store staff closer to their local communities. The Devonshire Road Lidl Store Manager (Michael) presenting The Ashley Foundation with one of the many food donation pallets.
The Ashley Foundation has its own Neighbourly page – The Ashley Foundation Food 4 Homeless – where we hope to raise £500 towards our hostel food budget and can be found at the following link: https://www.neighbourly.com/TAFBlackpool
Michael Pierce from the DHL depot handing over surplus sandwiches, salads and wraps to The Ashley Foundation’s Steve Shanley (Compliance Officer) at Preston Railway Station.