Un­used packs go to char­ity

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY CHRIS HUGHES De­fence and Se­cu­rity Ed­i­tor [email protected]­ror.co.uk @de­fencechris VOICE OF THE MIR­ROR: P10

SUP­PLIES Packs keep sol­diers go­ing 24hrs 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, 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.

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