“Inspiring” is how the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, described the UK charity FareShare when he opened their newest food depot in time for Christmas. This is the 15th FareShare Community Food Network depot. The problem of food waste is a serious one for the City of London and 40% of approximately 1.4 million tons of food waste is dumped in landfill sites at significant cost to the City, both environmental as well as financial.
The new Park Royal Depot is located in North West London and was made possible by a £362, 000 grant from the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWaRB). This one depot is expected to distribute over 300 tons of surplus food per year to over 30 charities in the first year alone. Across the UK the FareShare project provides food for approximately 6.7 million meals a year and supports on average 29,000 people every day. An additional 6,000 individuals in London will be helped thanks to this new food warehouse.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said, “Food poverty is a big issue in the UK today. We are delighted to launch this depot which will ensure that food is diverted away from the waste stream while providing nutritious meals to vulnerable people in and around London.“
Additionally, FareShare provides training, jobs, and volunteer opportunities. The FareShare food redistribution program has helped London businesses reduce carbon emissions and is creating lasting economic benefits.
FareShare promotes the message that ‘No Good Food Should be Wasted’ and helps companies, as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts, to ensure that edible food is redistributed, to make a genuine impact on quality of life in the City of London and to provide opportunities for individuals to get involved in community efforts which help the most vulnerable in society: children, the ill, the homeless, the elderly, in rehabilitation projects, refuges, shelters and community centers.
FareShare’s food depots are upgrading all their depots to use the Aidmatrix Network™ Online Warehouse Plus+ Supply Chain Solution to manage their inventory. By the end of January five depots will be live on the software.