Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announces £15million fund to help farmers redistribute surplus food

The British government will introduce a £15million fund to help farmers redistribute surplus food, preventing millions of meals worth of edible food from going to waste.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the National Farmers Union (NFU) Conference, as part of a commitment to improving food insecurity in the UK.

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This follows years of campaigning from FareShare, the UK’s largest food redistribution charity. Funding to help get food from farms to FareShare’s network will help support the 8,500 charities FareShare provides food to across the UK.

George Wright, CEO of FareShare, said: 

“We are thrilled that after years of campaigning from FareShare and the Felix Project, the Government will be committing £15m towards food surplus redistribution, getting good-to-eat surplus food from our farms to people who need it instead of letting it go to waste. We are hugely grateful to our supporters, donors, partners and MPs, all of whom have played a part in securing this significant step forward.

We know that farmers want their edible surplus produce to feed people. At a time when 13 million people in the UK are facing food insecurity, this funding has the potential to make an enormous difference to people and communities across the country. We look forward to learning more details and to working with the Government, farmers and the surplus food redistribution sector to put plans into place that will deliver a rapid and effective impact.”

Charlotte Hill, CEO of the Felix Project, said:

“Last year we redistributed 32 million meals to London’s hungry. But that’s a fraction of the food being wasted, and the number of people needing food support greatly outstrips supply. It’s a travesty that the farmers invest so much money, time and heart in growing food that has not been feeding people.

This £15 million funding will make a real difference to our work stopping quality food from being wasted, and getting it instead to those most in need. We are delighted that the Government has answered the call from The Felix Project and FareShare to take this common-sense step, making sure food makes it to hungry people’s plates. We look forward to helping make this commitment a reality, alongside the many charities, schools and community groups we support to serve our society’s most vulnerable people.”

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