Andrew Rosindell has signed the letter calling for the reintroduction of funds to help prevent food waste (Pic-Andrew Rosindell)
The letter forms part of the #FoodOnPlates campaign, which is run by UK food charity FareShare, and calls for the government to commit to funding charities that distribute food to those in need in next week’s Spending Review.
Each year in the UK two million tonnes of fresh, unsold food is wasted and funding that was in place to help prevent this has now ended.
In Romford last year, FareShare redistributed the equivalent of 41,400 meals via 7 local organisations.
The letter calls for £5million a year to offset the costs of redistributing food from farmers and businesses to charities, which could potentially create an additional 53 million meals for vulnerable families.
Without it, the food is needlessly wasted and thrown in biogas digesters, sent to landfills, or plowed back into fields which could lead to the UK emitting an extra 124,378 tonnes of carbon.
FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell said: “In 2019, the Government demonstrated a bold commitment to tackling food waste, with a successful trial that diverted millions of meals’ worth of great quality food from British farms to frontline charities providing care and support to vulnerable families.
“With just over a week until the Comprehensive Spending Review and two weeks until COP, we urge the Government to once again show leadership on this issue and commit to extending vital funding to get in-date, nutritious food onto people’s plates.”
Andrew Rosindell M.P. said: “Voluntary organisations in Romford have worked incredibly hard during the pandemic. It is vital that we get more food to them, to aid them in their work in our community.
“Good, healthy food should not be going to waste from growers and producers in the UK when it could be used to feed those who need it. By delivering this letter, we have got this important message to the heart of the government. I hope that in the Spending Review next week, the government allocates this lifeline funding which would result in significant environmental, social and economic benefits.”
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