National charity the Big Help Project is playing its part tackling the environmental and social travesty of wasted food, with its Food Hubs redirecting surplus fresh, frozen and ambient food worth over £875,000 that would otherwise have been sent to landfill, thanks to funding from the Merseyside Waste Recycling Authority (MWRA) in 2018.
Food Hubs tackle the paradox of rising food insecurity and rising Food Waste by redirecting surplus fresh, frozen and ambient food away from landfill and into membership-based Food Hubs. Membership is open to all, regardless of means, making Food Hubs a true community resource. The benefits extend to the environment too – by redirecting over 200 tonnes of surplus food into the Food Hub network, Big Help has prevented the emission of over 500 cubic tonnes of damaging Co2 – the equivalent of Co2 emissions from 31 cars for a whole year – from being released into our atmosphere.
CEO of the Big Help Peter Mitchell said: “it is absurd that we had situation where good food was going to waste at the same time as people were going hungry, and we are delighted that, thanks to the generous funding from MWRA, we have been able to address the situation and bring this surplus food to our communities across the city. MWRA believed in our Food Community Food Partnerships from the founding of the very first one, and we are delighted to be able to repay that faith with the incredible figures released today.
Food Hub Manager Toni Bell said: “we are delighted that our Food Community Food Partnerships have had such a positive impact upon our environment, and we are so grateful to MWRA for their support over the past four years. We have also been blessed with long-term project partners including Marks and Spencer, Greggs bakery, Ocado and Bidfood who have donated 24 tonnes in the last year alone that would otherwise have ended up in landfill. At a time when the cost-of-living is soaring and wages are stagnating, it is fantastic to be able to redirect quality fresh produce and support everyone in our community in not only eating enough to survive, but in eating well and thriving, no matter what income they may be on.”
Community Food Partnerships operate across the region, and can be joined by anyone, regardless of income, for just £3.50. The average basket value is around £20, and members can choose from a range of fresh, frozen and ambient food and household items.
To find out more about Food Hubs, please visit www.bighelpproject.com or contact the office on 0151 482 6089.