29 September 2016

These people are saving £1,000,000 worth of food a year.

We’ve all seen the statistics of how much food is wasted locally and globally each year, and our collective awareness of the scale of hunger in the UK is steadily growing. It’s not hard to make a link between these two issues, but the reality of finding a solution is much harder.

The logistics of collection, storage and distribution of surplus food to those in need requires a significant infrastructure, but as the Oxford Food Bank demonstrates, it is by no means impossible for communities to make it happen.

The Oxford Food Bank collects good quality fresh food from local supermarkets and wholesalers and delivers it for free to around 60 registered charities in the Oxford area. For every £1 they receive in donations they deliver £20 worth of fruit, vegetables, bread and dairy products. That’s currently around £1,000,000 worth of food a year.

The Food Bank launched officially in October 2009, set up as a response to the amount of food going to waste in the Oxford food chain. It now provides up to 5000 meals a week to people living in food poverty, helping to achieve their second aim of reducing hunger.

For more information on the Oxford Food Bank visit www.oxfordfoodbank.org.

For every £1 they receive in donations they deliver £20 worth of fruit, vegetables, bread and dairy products. That’s currently around £1,000,000 worth of food a year.