Our partnership with food charity FareShare which encourages our customers to redistribute surplus food that would otherwise have been wasted has helped to generate 382,483 meals for vulnerable people over the last year.
By offering to help customers distribute food that’s still good to eat to FareShare, instead of sending it to landfill, we have helped to rescue good quality produce which has resulted in 160,640kg of food. Twenty-five of our customers have signed up for the scheme and we are hoping to sign-up more as our partnership with FareShare grows. The food is in date but has become surplus for a number of reasons, such as forecasting challenges, mislabelling, or promotional items not selling as well as expected.
During the Covid-19 crisis, FareShare’s work has been invaluable in supporting people whose lives have been adversely affected by the pandemic.
Speaking about our link with FareShare, Neil Trotter, Transport Operations Director said, “The partnership we set up with FareShare has really resonated with our customers. It provides a great opportunity for them to donate any surplus products in a practical way and also to use them as a power for good.
“What’s really great is the charity is able to provide details of how many meals are created from the surplus food our customers donate. It’s a real benefit to be able to see tangible results and to know that food which may have been destroyed in the past is now directly benefitting people in need. We are looking forward to engaging more of our customers in the programme.”
Alyson Walsh, FareShare Commercial Director, said: “By making it easy for customers to do the right thing with their surplus food and get it onto the plates of vulnerable people, Boughey Distribution have helped create over a quarter of a million meals.”