Funding has been announced that will help tackle food waste and food poverty in Scotland.
The Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed earlier in April that a support package of £1 million over the next two years will be given to Scotland’s foodbanks. Around £500,000 will be given to organisations who work with those in need, and are helping to address the unprecedented demand for foodbanks. £500,000 will also be given to the charity FareShare.
Carol-Anne Alcorn, FareShare Edinburgh and Cyrenians Interim CEO said: “FareShare addresses two key issues that face society, food poverty and food waste. Our partnership with the food industry allows us to safely handle surpluses from growers, manufacturers and supermarkets and to get this food to a wide range of Scottish organisations who support those in need.
“This funding will allow us to expand our services and reach. FareShare will now be able to develop regionally and expand beyond Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen.”
In a press release, Sturgeon stated: “FareShare are already providing a vital lifeline to thousands of people across Scotland. We want to help them support even more people and make sure those driven to use foodbanks as a result of the UK Government’s welfare reforms are able to access appropriate advice and support.”
This news follows in the wake of reports that some 15 million tonnes of food is wasted every year in the UK. In the report by the House of Lords European Union Committee it was recommended that more surplus food should be passed to charities and food banks, and that retailers should assume a greater responsibility for the prevention of food waste in the home.