Government launches first round of funding for food redistribution organisations

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The funding is aimed at helping organisations overcome the financial barrier to redistributing surplus food

Food redistribution organisations in England are being invited to apply for the government’s first £5m round of funding to reduce food waste.

The funding is aimed at helping organisations overcome the financial barrier to redistributing surplus food.

Potential applicants should have a historical record with a minimum of two years’ service of distributing food.

It’s the first part of a £15m scheme announced last year by environment secretary Michael Gove to access surplus food from retail and manufacturing.

More announcements are expected to be made later this year.

Around 43,000 tonnes of surplus food is redistributed from retailers and food manufacturers every year, yet an further 100,000 tonnes goes uneaten and is instead sent away for Energy from Waste, anaerobic digestion and animal feed.

Marcus Gover, Chief Executive of WRAP, said: “We welcome the setting up of this fund, which will help to accelerate the redistribution of surplus food from retailers and food manufacturers to people who can benefit from it.

“Redistribution is an important part of the comprehensive package of measures announced in the Resources and Waste Strategy which aims to tackle food waste holistically at all parts of the supply chain and in the home.”

The grant will be advertised via the Bravo portal.


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