£4.2m of funding awarded to food redistribution organisations

Four redistribution organisations across England have been awarded a share of £4.2 million (€4.87 million) in government funding to redirect unwanted food from bins to plates.

Announced on Wednesday (8 May), redistribution groups FareShare, Company Shop Group, The Felix Project and Food Works Sheffield will share the funding, which is part of the first wave of the government’s £15-million (€17.39-million) food waste reduction scheme, launched in January 2019 as part of the Resources and Waste Strategy.

Of the 10.2 million tonnes of food wasted in the UK every year, 1.8 million tonnes come from food manufacture, one million from the hospitality sector and 260,000 tonnes from retail. The projects set to receive funding had to put forward proposals on how they intend to redistribute more surplus food from manufacturers and retailers, with solutions including developing new supply routes from growers and local distributors, funding new lines and additional staff and increasing capacity for repackaging and labelling.