Ben Lake MP steps up support for Food Waste Campaign


Ben Lake MP has written to the Prime Minister, calling on the Government to take urgent action on food waste.   

Two million tonnes of fresh, unsold food is wasted in the UK every year. Funding to help farmers and food producers get this food to frontline charities has now ended. If the funding were to be extended, it could create an additional 53m meals for vulnerable families. Without it, the food will be needlessly wasted – thrown into biogas digesters, sent to landfill or simply ploughed back into the fields.  

The letter is part of the #FoodOnPlates campaign, run by FareShare, the UK’s largest food redistribution charity. They are calling on the government to commit to vital food waste funding ahead of next week’s Comprehensive Spending Review.  

The letter, signed by 53 MPs representing both sides of the house, calls for £5m a year to offset the costs of redistributing food from farmers and businesses to charities. This will help the UK mitigate 124,378 tonnes of carbon.  

In Ceredigion last year, FareShare redistributed the equivalent of 34,800 meals via 6 local organisations. This funding would enable them to nearly double the amount of food that they could provide to people across the UK, through saving surplus food. 

Ben Lake MP said: “Voluntary organisations in Ceredigion have worked incredibly hard during the pandemic. It is vital that we get more food to them, to aid them in their work in our community.” 

“Good, healthy food should not be going to waste from growers and producers in the UK, when it could be used to feed those who need it. By delivering this letter, we have got this important message to the heart of government. I hope that in the Spending Review next week, the government allocates this lifeline funding which would result in significant environmental, social and economic benefits.”  

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  • Carys Lloyd
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