Defra food waste reduction fund opens for applications

Resource Minister Therese Coffey announced yesterday that Defra will open a £500,000 Food Waste Reduction Fund to organisations working to increase the redistribution of surplus food in England.

The fund is being administered by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which is asking for applications for expressions of interest from not-for-profit organisations to outline their proposals demonstrating how they will work with food businesses, retailers and manufacturers to redistribute surplus food.

Coffey launched the fund at a conference for WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 2025 – a voluntary agreement to bring together representatives of the food system to reduce food and drink waste by 20 per cent by 2025.Defra food waste reduction fund opens for applications

Grants are expected to range from £20,000 to £75,000 and will be aimed at not-for-profit organisations that redirect surplus food from food businesses to charities providing meals for people in need.