Cheddar food bank needs two tons of food as Tesco reveal UK waste 15 million tonnes of food each year
Cheddar Valley Food bank has announced it is challenged to collect two tons of before officially opening, just as Tesco have revealed the true scale of its own food waste.
Sue Albone, Cheddar Valley Plus food Bank committee member and Mayoress of Axbridge, said: “Firstly I want to say a big thank you all those who have donated to the Harvest Giving events so far this Autumn in the Cheddar Valley. Churches along with Schools have taken part and we have also had the wonderful support of Budgens in Cheddar as with their Harvest Voucher giving scheme which raised £435 worth of food for us.”
“We are challenged to collect two tons of food as an immediate bank to call upon before opening and this giving has helped tremendously towards our goal.
While the Cheddar Valley Food bank is completing all the necessary formalities before it can open in time for winter, supermarket giant, Tesco, has announced it is cutting food promotions after finding that two-thirds of produce grown for bagged salad is wasted, with a staggering 68 per cent being thrown out.
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Even more worryingly, 28,500 tonnes of food waste has been generated in Tesco's stores and distribution centres just in the last six months.
But Wrap estimated that, in 2011, 15 million tonnes of food waste was generated each year in the UK.
The supermarket retailer found that 40 per cent of its apples were wasted and a quarters of grapes as well as a fifth of all bananas going unused.
This is an enormous amount of wastage when you consider the reality as to why the food bank is being set up.
The aim of the food bank is to provide help and information and restore dignity to members of the community.
In 2012-13, food banks helped to feed 346,992 people across the nation – 126,889 of which were children.
While the food bank is well on its way to being opened, help is still needed.
Mrs Albone said: “We are still actively seeking heavy duty shelving to take canned goods which are especially heavy.
“We need many more items, including a dry cupboard for storing essential equipment and stationery and of course the electronic equipment itself and a laptop with Word. That’s just to name a few.
“We are also in the process of joining a Local Giving.com scheme, a direct monthly payment commitment by individuals which is supported with matched funding at the moment by the government.
"We hope to be able to offer this form of giving when our application is finalised shortly. In the meantime if anyone would like to make a direct donation, it would be most welcome.
For details and for those wishing pay by Bank Transfer or to volunteer please contact Sue Albone on cheddarvalleyfoodbank@Gmail.com.