We are currently facing record levels of demand and are now supporting more charities than ever before. New figures released today show we are providing food to more than <b>1,000 organisations</b> up and down the country, helping to feed <b>51,000 vulnerable people each day.</b> This is a 15% increase in just six months.
The theme of World Food Day this year is Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. This is a hugely important issue and to coincide with this we are excited to announce that <a href=”http://www.fareshare.org.uk/tesco-to-provide-7-million-meals/” target=”_blank”>Tesco will be diverting all surplus fresh food from their distribution and online grocery centres to FareShare</a>. This will amount to over 2,300 tonnes, the equivalent of more than seven million meals each year. You can read more from our CEO, Lindsay Boswell <a href=”https://www.tescoplc.com/talkingshop/index.asp?blogid=151″ target=”_blank”>here</a>, who is Tesco’s guest blogger today.
We’ve also released the interim findings from a new report, <a href=”http://www.natcen.ac.uk/our-research/research/exploring-fareshare/” target=”_blank”>Exploring FareShare: from food waste to fighting hunger</a>, carried out by social research institute NatCen. The report reveals we are supporting the most vulnerable people in our society, with 63% of our member charities located in the most deprived fifth of neighbourhoods in England, Scotland and Wales. The food we provide plays a crucial role in enabling these charities to engage with their clients. An elderly beneficiary who attends a luncheon club we support recently told us:I don’t know what I’d do without it, I really don’t. To come here for the good square meal and the company
You can read more about the report in <a href=”http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/why-food-banks-are-still-hungry-for-funds-as-the-cutbacks-bite-8874812.html” target=”_blank”>The Independent</a>.
Click <a href=”http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/en/” target=”_blank”>here</a> for more information on World Food Day.