Berwick charity to benefit from food donation

A charity is to benefit from a scheme that sees surplus food distributed to communities.

Thursday, 22nd August 2019, 9:47 am
Updated Friday, 6th September 2019, 10:15 pm
Asda stores donating surplus food through FareShare.

FareShare, the UK’s largest food waste charity, has partnered up with supermarket Asda to redistribute surplus food to charities and community groups.

The charity has been working with Asda since 2017 to roll out its FareShare Go service in stores across the country, diverting food which would otherwise have gone to waste to vulnerable people.

And among those to benefit are Berwick Community Trust thanks to Asda’s Tweedmouth store.

Donations of food, which is in date and still good to eat, come from unsold surplus within stores and is provided to local charities through FareShare, which will see each store donate the equivalent of around 20,000 meals to charities in the region over the next 12 months.

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Lindsay Boswell, chief executive at FareShare, said: “We are very pleased Asda is joining our FareShare Go service, which will help to feed thousands of people in need.

“With more than 300 stores currently signed up and partnered with more than 1,100 charities and community organisations, we’re working closely with Asda to rollout the scheme in all stores across the country.

“The FareShare Go service provides thousands of vulnerable people with much needed food that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.”

The initiative is part of Asda's three-year ‘Fight Hunger Create Change’ programme, working in partnership with FareShare and foodbank charity The Trussell Trust, to invest at least £20million and lift one million people in the UK out of food poverty.

Anyone who wants more information about the Asda ‘Fight Hunger Create Change’ initiative should visit https://corporate.asda.com/blog/2018/02/08/asda-fight-hunger-create-change-our-new-partnership-to-help-one-million-people-out-of-food-poverty

Any charities or community groups interested in receiving surplus food from Asda can register online at https://fareshare.org.uk/getting-food/fareshare-go-support/