by Tallulah Taylor
A charity that supplies excess food to families in need more than doubled the amount it spent during the pandemic.
Fareshare that redistributes edible foods that would otherwise have been wasted, has donated more than 40,000 packages from its Deptford depot to 254 London charities.
These are delivered to food banks, community centers, schools and projects that help people with homelessness and the elderly fight it Loneliness and addicts.
This February they have distributed 306 tons of food, equivalent to 728,000 meals. This has increased from 59.3 tons in the previous year, which corresponds to 141,000 meals.
According to a survey by the Mayor of London in 2019 Almost two million Londoners, of whom an estimated 400,000 were children under the age of 16, are having difficulty obtaining or accessing adequate nutrition.
Across the UK, at least 8.4 million people have difficulty affording to eat at the same time. More than 2 million tons of edible food are wasted in the food industry every year.
Lindsay Boswell, General Manager of FareShare, said: “Now more than ever, it is important to ensure that vulnerable people have access to nutritious foods.”
Christie Garratt, a spokeswoman for Fareshare, said that during the pandemic, many companies realized that it is so easy for people to fall through the cracks, and that any of us can. If there’s one good thing about getting out of the pandemic it’s a strong sense of community. “
Anna Taylor of the Food Foundation said, “Millions of families are struggling to put food on the table, and the pandemic has made it worse. Our recent survey found that 25% of children in London said they went to a grocery bank over Christmas / January. and 24% of children reported one or more experiences with food insecurity. Addressing food insecurity in the city must be a top priority for the GLA. “
Sustain’s London Food Poverty Campaign annual report found that local authorities are inundated with unhealthy food donations. Many report being approached by large food and beverage manufacturers who donate chocolate and sugary beverages.
A London community was offered 97,000 Easter eggs which they refused to protect the health of residents.
The report also states: “In London, income disparities and a lack of access to fresh, affordable food are disproportionately high among black, Asian and ethnic minorities in London. Black and Asian people are particularly at high risk of Covid-19, as well as diet-related diseases like diabetes and obesity, which further increases the risk of Covid-19. There is still a lot to be done ”.
The Lewisham Council focused on this health inequalities among black, Asian and ethnic minorities and the Bromley Council sourced specific cultural foods to complement the food packages distributed by their food centers.
Sustain’s Morven Oliver-Larkin said councils “need to pay the London living wage and encourage employers across the borough to invest in cash first” approaches like local welfare systems and support local food partnerships “.
He added, “You can also ensure that older, isolated residents can stay safe and healthy in their homes by investing in robust, well-integrated meals on wheels.”
Fairshare is backed by Actimel, who give their customers the opportunity to support charities by purchasing a pack Actimel and unlock a package to be donated near you.
From now until April 30th for each pack Actimel purchased, you can donate a second through Fa to a local charityreShare in the UK.
Sarah Dossett, Marketing Director Actimel Says: “The strength of the British communities in the face of such challenges over the past year has been inspiring. This year we want to build the spirit of community in London by donating to those in need of resilience most. We hope that by working with Fareshare we can help support the people in all of our communities. Each of us has a role to play and as a certified B Corp it is in our DNA to do our part. “
To get involved and donate to a local community, get a promotional package from Actimel from all major retailers by April 30, 2021 and register the unique packing code online at www.Actimel–Communitydonations.co.uk.
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