Staff at Rogers House Residential Home in Wigmore, Gillingham have been working with FareShare, a UK-wide initiative that redistributes food that would otherwise have gone to waste.
On a mission to make use of the 270,000 tonnes of surplus food and drink that could be redistributed each year, FareShare is part of a global movement working to support charities and community groups by saving food that would have otherwise been wasted.
The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s residential home in Wigmore, Rogers House, has recently been receiving support from FareShare in its local Tesco store and has found the initiative of great benefit, enabling the chef to cut food bills and embrace an array of products.
FareShare redistributes a wide variety of goods, from cream tea related treats during the Queen’s birthday celebrations and chocolate eggs at Easter to daily products like meat, veg and bread. Food may be left over due to fluctuating demand, damaged packaging or have a short date, but all redistributed products are safe to eat.
Lorraine Laker, care coordinator at Rogers House commented: “The FareShare initiative has been of great benefit to us over the past couple of months. Whilst our residents receive a variety of excellent meals as standard, the initiative has enabled us to save a great deal of money as well as trying different products, which we may not have usually ordered.
“It really is terrible that hundreds of thousands of tonnes of perfectly edible food products are thrown away each year, the FareShare scheme is excellent and I hope it continues to grow and more charities can make use of it.”