Sainsbury’s is celebrating 20 years of Fareshare – the food donation network it founded with homelessness charity Crisis – with a brand new summit that sees fresh fruit and veg donated directly by the UK’s major food producers.

The summit – [launched] officially on Monday 8th December – was created last year with heavyweight fruit and vegetable suppliers including Mack and Thanet Earth, which form part of the Fresca Group, the UK’s largest independent fresh produce supplier.

As a result, over a million meals of fresh fruit and vegetables have been donated directly from the field by supermarket’s fruit and vegetable producers so far. It’s made Sainsbury’s the first retailer in the UK to get suppliers working with food charities direct.

Mark Varney, Director of Food for Fareshare said: “Sainsbury’s has shown strong leadership in its own operation through its food donations – so we’re delighted that they’re encouraging suppliers to do the same.

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