FareShare takes food poverty fight to Westminster

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FareShare’s fight against food poverty has been taken right to the House of Commons. Karl Turner MP (East Hull) has submitted an Early Day Motion to Parliament, calling on all MPs to work with FareShare and the food industry to alleviate food poverty through the distribution of surplus food.

Mr Turner, who is the patron of FareShare Hull, offered to submit the EDM on behalf of the food charity following a FareShare event last month which highlighted the rapidly worsening food poverty crisis in the Humber region. Many local food companies attended the event and pledged their support to FareShare Hull in terms of food donations, advice and equipment.

Mr Turner said: “MPs, councillors and community leaders should be showing leadership on this issue and work with FareShare, community groups and the food industry to alleviate levels of food poverty. Food businesses should also recognise the role they can play in alleviating food poverty by working with FareShare to distribute surplus food to those in need.”

FareShare chief executive Lindsay Boswell said: “The demand for our services has grown dramatically, 59 per cent in the past 12 months, and we estimate that we handle less than 0.1 per cent of the surplus food available. We desperately need more responsible food companies to work with us. If just one per cent of the surplus food in the UK was given to FareShare, we could provide 70 million meals for people in need.”

If you are a food company interested in donating food to FareShare then please contact JJ Tatten on 01482 587550 or email jtatten@goodwin-centre.org

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