Asda donates 1m breakfasts to mark decade of FareShare partnership
Asda donates 1m breakfasts to mark decade of FareShare partnership text
Today, Asda announces that it will provide the equivalent of one million breakfast meals to mark 10 years of its partnership with FareShare, the UK’s biggest charity fighting hunger and tackling food waste.
The donations are being provided via Asda’s wholly owned subsidiary IPL and will consist of a portion of cereal as well as a piece of fruit supplied via FareShare.
Asda has worked in partnership with FareShare since 2013 and in that time, it has provided the equivalent of over 30 million meals of surplus food from its stores and depots. This food has been redistributed by FareShare to over 7000 separate charities and community groups in the process.
Thanks to support from Asda, FareShare has received £13 million in corporate donations through Asda’s Fight Hunger, Create Change programme, which helped to increase FareShare distribution capabilities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
This donation follows the one million Christmas Dinners that Asda and IPL are donating to FareShare through the festive period, as part of its support for the Coronation Food Project, which launched last week.
As well as our donations to FareShare, Asda continues to serve its communities by offering the Kids Eat for £1 meal deal which has now served over 2.6 million meals since its launch back in June 2022.
**George Wright, CEO at FareShare **said: “We would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all our friends at Asda. This has been one of the biggest partnerships FareShare has ever had. Over the last 10 years, Asda has donated an amazing £13 million, given us the equivalent of 30 million meals and supported 7000 charities. At every opportunity, Asda helps to identify, save and redistribute surplus food, helping FareShare ensure it goes to people who need it most, rather than to waste. Each and every person at Asda has given us amazing support and these incredible milestones would not have been reached without their dedication and commitment.”
Kris Comerford, Chief Commercial Officer – Food, said: “Our partnership with FareShare has already helped to provide thousands of Charites and community groups with much-needed support and simultaneously helped to reduce the amount of food that goes to waste. We are incredibly proud to have been able to work with FareShare to help in our communities and we know that these million breakfasts will go some way to helping those in need this Christmastime.”
FareShare is the UK's biggest charity tackling food waste to support social good. We take good-to-eat surplus food from across the food industry, sort it in our regional warehouses across the UK, and pass it onto a network of over 8,500 charities and community groups. These include school clubs, community centres and pantries, hostels, refuges, older people's lunch clubs, and hospices. Three quarters of the organisations we provide food to, support children and families. During the last financial year, 2022-23, FareShare redistributed the equivalent of nearly 128 million meals - that's 4 meals every second. The 55,000 tonnes of food we redistributed stopped 95,000 tonnes of COe2 going to waste. www.fareshare.org.uk