10 October 2013
Struggling families and individuals across the UK will benefit from a partnership between the British Red Cross and food charity FareShare next month.
For three days Red Cross volunteers at Tesco stores across the UK will collect food donations and encourage shoppers to buy extra items to give to FareShare.
Fareshare will then redistribute the donations – as well as surplus perishable food from supermarkets and producers – to hundreds of charities such as lunch clubs for older people, women’s refuges and food banks. This will help these organisations feed thousands of vulnerable people.
Simon Lewis, Red Cross head of emergency planning and response, said: “Many people are struggling to cope in the current economic climate. As a humanitarian organisation, we are worried that vulnerable people such as the elderly and young children may not have enough nutritious food.
“Unbelievably, 3 million tonnes of food are wasted in the UK every year while thousands go hungry. We’re delighted to help FareShare give much-needed support to people in crisis.”
The collections, which will take place on 29 and 30 November and 1 December, are set to help feed about 130,000 people across the UK. The charity estimates 5.8 million people in Britain are struggling to afford everyday essentials like food.
But it’s not just UK residents who are struggling. Today the International Federation of the Red Cross launched a report outlining the impact of the global economic crisis in Europe, and the response of Red Cross National Societies. Across the continent, they are working to help millions of people affected by poverty. Read more here.