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Every week a group of people gather at the lorry park at Poole Stadium in Dorset. It’s both a social occasion – time for a chat and a catch-up – and for business, too. And their business is simple. They are collecting food. Lots and lots of food – 4.5 tonnes in June alone.
It isn’t any old food, either. It’s food that has been saved by the redistribution charity FareShare from joining the more than 245,000 other tonnes of good quality, perfectly edible food that is dumped in landfill, burned for fuel, or ground up into animal feed every year, while an estimated 8.4 million people in the UK are still officially classed as being in food poverty.
This food has become surplus because of over-production, packaging malfunctions, labelling errors, over-supply due to favourable growing conditions, unexpected changes in demand or short shelf life.
It comes from growers, manufacturers and retailers and the food being collected by the people in the Poole car park is just a tiny proportion of what has been saved by FareShare, which is now the UK’s largest charity redistributing quality surplus food.
published: 20 August 2018