Tesco and Cargill to back food charity

Nearly eight million meals will be provided to charities across the UK through the support of two leading food companies.

Supermarket chain Tesco and food products provider Cargill announced their commitment to the food re-distribution charity FareShare today on World Food Day.

Cargill, which has supported FareShare since 2009, has made a three-year commitment to FareShare, allowing the charity to provide more than 900,000 meals to community projects across the north west of England. Meanwhile, Tesco announced it would provide the “equivalent” of seven million meals a year to more than 1,000 charities across the UK.

According to the charity, Cargill’s funding has come at a crucial time, as its member charities have said that 60% more people are turning to them for food.

Martin Douglas, UK representative for Cargill, said: “As a global company, we believe everyone should have access to a steady supply of safe, nutritious and affordable food. We partner with organisations that help us to meet this challenge and FareShare does just that and more. We are proud to be supporting FareShare for another three years and making sure that those charities and organisations that receive the food are able to continue to support local people that are most in need.”

Tesco

Meanwhile, Tesco will divert all of its surplus fresh food from its distribution centres and online grocery centres to support FareShare, amounting to more than 2,300 tonnes of food – enough for 7m meals annually.

The supermarket will provide items such as chicken, peppers, apples and other fresh fruit and vegetables. Group corporate affairs director at Tesco Rebecca Shelley said: “Our scale puts us in a unique position to make a difference, so we’re building on our relationship with FareShare and, through them, we will be giving all our surplus fresh food to those who need it most. This will provide seven million meals for people in the UK and will also help us to tackle food waste.”

While CEO of FareShare Lindsay Boswell said: “For the first time ever, we are supporting more than 1,000 frontline charities in the UK. Our partnership with Tesco will enable us to provide even more high-quality, nutritious food to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“Thanks to Cargill’s continued support, we’ll be able to help meet some of that demand by providing local soup kitchens and breakfast clubs with good-quality, nutritious food.”

Self-sufficiency on World Food Day

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Peter Kendall showed his World Food Day support by explaining that the NFU was “determined” to reverse Britain’s inability to be self-sufficient in food production.

Following recent statistics that showed Britain was only 62% self-sufficient, when measured over one calendar year, Kendall said the NFU’s Back British charter aimed to get politicians, the public and the food industry to pledge their support.

“Our farmers and growers have a fantastic natural capacity to produce more British food, given the right market signals and the confidence to invest. We have the right technologies to produce more food, more sustainably.

“But there is more to do to empower our farmers to enable them to make the most of our natural resources and feed our growing nation.”

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