Food charity FareShare has beamed images of falling carrots onto landmarks across the capital, including the Houses of Parliament to mark the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, as they called on government to commit to vital food waste funding. The stunt is part of FareShare’s #FoodOnPlates campaign, urging the government to continue and extend funding that helps distribute wasted food.
According to the charity, two million tonnes of fresh, unsold food is wasted on farms and in factories every year, instead of being sent to charities supporting families in food poverty. It says without renewed funding, 53 million meals worth of food a year will be needlessly wasted. At the height of the pandemic, FareShare distributed over 130 million meals’ worth of food to frontline charities and community groups supporting the most vulnerable – thanks to a campaign with ambassador Marcus Rashford MBE.
FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell, said, “We can’t stand by and watch good, nutritious food rot in our fields while children and families go hungry. France manages to get six-times more unsold food to charities, yet, here in the UK, farmers are being forced to waste it.”
Chef Tom Kerridge, added, “Wasting food is always wrong, but on this level it’s a scandal. If farmers and food producers aren’t able to sell their food it should be going to the frontline charities who are crying out for it, not being dumped back in to the ground.”