ARMY RA­TIONS DO­NATED TO FIGHT FOOD POVERTY

Un­used packs go to char­ity

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY CHRIS HUGHES De­fence and Se­cu­rity Editor

THOU­SANDS of un­used mil­i­tary ra­tion packs are be­ing do­nated to help com­bat food poverty.

De­fence chiefs will hand them to Fareshare, which re­dis­tributes food to nearly 10,000 char­i­ties.

The packs keep 10 soldiers go­ing for 24 hours, with meals such as por­ridge, sausages, baked beans, pasta and rice.

Among those to ben­e­fit will be home­less hos­tels, WELL-WISH­ERS have left trib­utes where a boy of 11 was killed on his bike in a sus­pected hit-and-run col­li­sion.

Witness Ay­isha Gran­di­son, 33, saw Tay­lor Schofield in her car mir­ror be­ing thrown “up in the air” even though he had looked left and right be­fore cross­ing. She said: “I’m still in shock.” On Face­book brother Matthew wrote: “RIP My lit­tle bro, love you gonna miss you son xxxx”.

Tay­lor was treated at the scene near his home in Beswick, Manch­ester, on Satur­day but de­clared dead in hospi­tal.

A man, 31, was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing. chil­dren’s break­fast clubs and lunch groups for the el­derly.

De­fence Min­is­ter To­bias Ell­wood said: “Char­ity be­gins at home, and I’m pleased our part­ner­ship will make sure no food goes to waste.

“Fareshare does a fan­tas­tic job re­dis­tribut­ing food across the coun­try.

“I’m proud the mil­i­tary can sup­port com­mu­ni­ties in this way.” Some two mil­lion packs are used by the mil­i­tary each year. Less than 1% of Mod’s stock re­quires dis­posal.

Packs given to Fareshare are from that 1%. The char­ity will re­move per­ish­able items or those hit­ting use-by dates.

The ra­tions of­fer up to 4,000 calo­ries to sus­tain an ac­tive per­son over 24 hours.

They in­clude break­fast, lunch and a three-course din­ner, plus drinks. Roger West of De­fence Equip­ment and Sup­port, the Mod’s pro­cure­ment firm, said: “I’m de­lighted to be able to help tackle food poverty… while also min­imis­ing waste.”

It comes as the Trus­sell Trust re­ports food­bank use is now at record lev­els.

Ex­perts be­lieve Fareshare’s re­dis­tri­bu­tion of food from the sup­ply chain saves the econ­omy £51mil­lion per year.

MOV­ING Bunches of flow­ers for Tay­lor, left GRIEF Heart­felt mes­sage for 11-year-old

SUP­PLIES Packs keep soldiers go­ing 24hrs

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