In the UK, the value of food waste is more than £20 billion per year. This food waste comes from suppliers, retail and households, but there are things being done to reduce waste.
A question that doesn’t often cross people’s mind when they’re doing their weekly food shop is ‘What happens to food people don’t buy?’ or ‘What happens to food that is close to its expiry date?’ Food used to be binned and ended up in landfill sites. Not only is the value of this food waste over £20 billion per year (and rising), but their are also environmental costs involved, especially if food is wrapped in plastic. However, things are being done to reduce this waste.
Every Wednesday, The Ashley Foundation visit Fareshare, who are a Recycling Lives Distribution Centre. Fareshare redistribute food industry surplus, which would usually just go to waste, to those who most need it. They receive food from various sources, including big supermarkets, which is then collected by charities and community groups. They believe that no good food should go to waste, especially when people are going hungry.
Once we have collected this food from the Fareshare warehouse, we deliver it to the hostels for resident meals, as well as to our café, The Café@264.
To view more information on Fareshare, please click here.
To find out more information on Recycling Lives Distribution Centre, please click here.