Government Launches New Fund to Increase Surplus Food Redistribution in England

The Food Waste Reduction Fund aims to help avoid surplus food produced by food businesses from becoming waste, by enabling not-for-profit organisations across England to redistribute more of this food to people in need.

Funding will be provided for projects to help overcome barriers to increasing redistribution. Projects could cover areas such as:

  • Training for the people involved in supplying and distributing surplus food – on IT and food safety skills, for example
  • Infrastructure such as packing and labelling facilities, freezer capacity or refrigerated vehicles to enable more types of food or larger quantities to be redistributed
  • Facilitation to form collaborative partnerships and help not-for-profits join up with appropriate partners
  • Communication and technology to facilitate logistics between donor and recipient organisations

Funding will be awarded with the aim of making a significant increase to the amount of food redistributed, as cost-effectively as possible. It is expected that grants will range from £20,000 to £75,000.

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is administering the fund on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). There is a two-stage application process.

More information: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/food-waste-reduction-fund

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