Charities encouraged to join free food surplus redistribution scheme

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Charities receiving surplus food have saved an estimated £161 a month through donations

Crowd funding platform Neighbourly has put out a call inviting charities, food projects, schools and community groups to join its free food surplus redistribution scheme.

Neighbourly is the redistribution partner to retailers and manufacturers including Marks & Spencer, Lidl and Danone and has distributed over 7 million meals to over 1,500 charity and community projects across the UK and Ireland.

It now wants to extend the scheme to more communities whose residents and families are suffering from food poverty and insecurity.

Charities receiving surplus food have saved an estimated £161 a month through donations according to Neighbourly research.

Food surplus available for daily collection includes fruit and veg, bakery products and food which can be stored at room temperature (ambient food).

Nick Davies, Neighbourly’s founder, said: “So much of the food surplus supply chain is as yet untapped.

“The Neighbourly Food Surplus scheme is free and easy for charities and community food projects to get involved with, so we encourage them to sign up.”

According to WRAP, food redistribution from commercial sources has increase by 50% in the last two years.

To sign up to receive food surplus, charities and not-for-profits need to register here.


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