Every month at least 200 tonnes of surplus fruit and vegetables are sent for composting or animal feed from New Smithfield Market in East Manchester. At least 10% of this food is fit for human consumption. At the same time, thousands of Manchester residents on low incomes struggle to access fresh food.
FareShare Greater Manchester’s Too Good to Waste initiative captures at least two tonnes of this food each week. Volunteers quality control it and then redistribute it to charities, schools and food banks tackling poverty in Greater Manchester. Staff at charities and schools turn the fresh produce into nutritious meals.
The work has been made possible thanks to a strong partnership between EMERGE Recycling, FareShare Greater Manchester, Fairfield Environmental Services, and Manchester Markets, with the support of Manchester Food Futures. The Initiative is funded by The Tudor Trust. To find out more contact: Miranda Kaunang on 0161 223 8200 or Miranda@emergemanchester.co.uk