COVID-19 emergency food programme

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are running an emergency food programme to protect children and their families from hunger. Hot meals and food packages are being made available, through a combination of home deliveries and collection points in the community, to ensure families on low incomes can put breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table each day. A donation of just £10 can purchase the equivalent of 30 meals for a family at risk of hunger.

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Food surplus redistribution

While so many people are going hungry, it cannot be right that thousands of tonnes of good quality, healthy edible food is wasted.

Currently, a huge amount of surplus food is thrown away in food production, manufacturing and retail. This is food that is high quality and perfectly edible- it may be rejected because it is cosmetically imperfect, errors in the labelling or packaging, or simply because it has been over ordered in the system. Much of this food ends up in landfill or sent to anaerobic digestion.

We want to see more of this food being rescued and being used to feed people. Many of the projects we work with use surplus food to ensure people have access to a healthy and nutritious diet, such as our Citizens’ Supermarkets and Holiday Clubs.

At a national level, we are working with expert partners to identify and promote the policies that can incentivise the redistribution of more surplus food for dignified human consumption. We are also working with companies and other stakeholders to help unlock some of the barriers to food surplus redistribution, and to provide practical opportunities for food producers, manufacturers and retailers to do more.

If you are a company and would like to work with Feeding Britain to ensure your surplus food goes to people who need it, please see involve your Business, or contact us.

Feeding Britain’s evidence to policy inquiries

DEFRA food and farming strategy consultation, May 2018