The Daily Telegraph - - Christmas charity special -

Never have we wasted so much food. We de­mand to be able to buy what­ever we want, when­ever we want it, and in the process have de­vel­oped habits that have spawned a throw­away cul­ture in our food chain.

In Bri­tain each year we waste a stag­ger­ing 1.9 mil­lion tons of food, an es­ti­mated 400,000 tons of which doesn’t even make it to the su­per­mar­ket be­fore be­ing deemed sur­plus to re­quire­ments.

At the same time around 8.4 mil­lion peo­ple across the coun­try suf­fer in food poverty – un­able to ob­tain prop­erly healthy food.

Fare­share, the UK’S largest char­ity ded­i­cated to fight­ing hunger and food waste, works by re­dis­tribut­ing per­fectly good food des­tined for dis­posal to in­stead help nour­ish the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety. The char­ity feeds 500,000 peo­ple ev­ery week and last year re­dis­tributed 13,352 tons of food to 7,000 front­line char­i­ties nationwide, saving them an es­ti­mated £30 mil­lion. Work­ing with sup­pli­ers and su­per­mar­kets, the food res­cued by Fare­share goes to home­less and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence shel­ters, break­fast and lunch clubs for the young and el­derly, men­tal health clin­ics, drink and drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres and count­less other com­mu­nity groups.

The char­ity’s be­lief is sim­ple: that no good food should go to waste.

Lind­say Boswell, the CEO of Fare­share

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