WEEKLY ROUND UP
After the positive news of a few weeks ago regarding the Mayor’s initiative to extend Free School Meals across London there was hope that the Government may have been swayed to do something themselves in the Spring Budget. It proved to be false hope as there was no mention of any forthcoming assistance which was incredibly disappointing to so many families and organisations.
It should be noted there was an extension to the energy price cap and assistance with child care access which are welcome but the campaign for free school meals continues.
Read the Food Foundation’s reaction | Read Barnardo’s reaction
Still on the subject of a disappointing budget, Lindsay Boswell, CEO of Fareshare , expressed his disappointment form a different angle but none the less relevant in the fight to divert food waste to those most in need.
“Today’s budget was a missed opportunity to tackle the staggering amount of food going to waste on our farms and factories while supporting the millions of people being forced into food insecurity in the UK. The fact there was no acknowledgement of this issue in the Budget is extremely disappointing.
Every year, 3 million tonnes of food is wasted on UK farms, and we have yet to meet a politician who does not support the idea that surplus food should be used to strengthen our communities before it becomes waste.
When there is so much edible, nutritious food available, it makes sense that the government support us in getting that food to the communities and people who need it most. Diverting £25 million from anaerobic digestion subsidies, dormant assets, or the recently announced sovereign wealth grant could still pay for the scheme. Despite the support from 100,000 people who signed a petition calling for funding, over 1,400 charities from across the charity sector, and backing from more than 60 politicians from across the political spectrum, the government still refuses to listen.
While it is frustrating not to receive funding, we are incredibly grateful for the outstanding support we continue to receive at this challenging time for many. Our mission to fight hunger and tackle food waste does not end here. The food, and the funding, are there. We will continue to call on the government to help get good-to-eat surplus food to people during this crisis rather than letting it go to waste.”
A community initiative, founded in Sheffield, that co-ordinates accessible inclusive football matches and donates profits to local foodbanks, is celebrating after receiving £10,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund.
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