Fowler Welch has teamed up with food redistribution charity FareShare to enable surplus food to be used to provide meals for vulnerable people.
In an initial trial, Fowler Welch will collect surplus stock from food businesses, to which it delivers, along the South Coast. It will be taken to one of FareShare’s 20 regional centres across the UK to be redistributed to local charities and community groups.
Nick Hay, CEO of Fowler Welch said: “By offering our logistics services to the FareShare scheme, we are offering businesses a way to help some of the 8.4million people in the UK struggling to afford a meal. Collections will happen at the same time as their usual service and surplus food that would otherwise go to waste, will be taken to provide a lifeline for disadvantaged people on their doorstep.”
Pie maker Higgidy has become one of the first to sign up to the scheme. “We donate surplus items to FareShare on a regular basis and occasionally find ourselves in possession of more stock than FareShare can accommodate in our local area. With Fowler Welch’s input into the consolidation scheme, it makes the whole process a lot simpler so we will most definitely make more use of this service from now on,” said Kerrie Mahon of Higgidy.
FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell said: “Fowler Welch’s role in our re-distribution campaign simplifies the process for donors and will hopefully encourage more businesses across the region to sign up to help their local community and add to the 18.3million meals we’ve provided so far to those that need them.”