Spalding logistics provider Fowler Welch has helped redistribute two million meals for vulnerable people three years into its partnership with charity FareShare.
The two organisations pooled their resources together in August 2016 to help reduce food waste across other companies in the supply chain.
After noticing several of their customers were looking to redistribute surplus food to charity but struggling with the logistics, Fowler Welch developed a system where food companies could add their surplus onto their usual collection, thereby reducing waste without creating extra work.
FareShare redistributes good quality, in date surplus food to almost 10,000 charities across the UK, including domestic violence refuges, breakfast clubs, hospices and food banks.
Last year they created more than 36 million meals for vulnerable people.
Fowler Welch has introduced 37 new food supplier partnerships to the FareShare network by helping to define a simple, effective and cost-free process for them to donate surplus goods to the national food charity.
This has enabled FareShare to redistribute enough surplus food to amount to nearly 17,000 tonnes of good to eat surplus food being delivered across the UK, equating to over thirty-five million meals each year.
These meals are provided by 10,000 charities and community groups which use this surplus food to help feed thousands of people in need every week.
FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell said: “Because Fowler Welch often visit food companies every day, they’re able to offer a much quicker turnaround time for surplus. This means we can access more of the fresh healthy food our charities really value, like chilled meats and fruit and veg.
“Hitting the two million meals milestone is a terrific achievement, and a testament to Fowler Welch’s commitment to tackling waste and diverting in date food to good causes at the same time.”
Nick Hay, CEO of Fowler Welch, added: “With food waste being a big issue for producers right now, having an opportunity like this which allows them to put surplus product to good use in their local area and beyond, it’s a no brainer.
“We would urge as many food producers as possible to get involved in this brilliant initiative and are looking forward to seeing where the partnership goes next.”