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My Favourite Voucher Codes donates 20% of its net monthly profits to charities right across the UK, and FareShare is just one of the many organisations to have benefited from the £26,000 the company has donated over the past three years.
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In an attempt to prevent this figure from increasing, the French national assembly has recently passed a bill that will ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food. The unsold food will then either be donated to charities or turned into animal feed.
It is now time for us to follow in France’s footsteps, as the UK wastes more food than any other country in the EU.
There is already one charity in the UK that is fighting food waste and hunger: FareShare redistributes surplus food from the industry to charities and community groups throughout the country.
However, with demand for the service increasing by 20% year-on-year, a law similar to the French one could help further.
It’s easy for us to blame the industry for the staggering levels of food waste, but with around half of all food thrown away - equivalent to seven million tonnes - coming from UK homes, it’s important that individuals take action too.
The main reasons that Brits waste so much food is because people don’t plan their meals around the use-by dates, so fresh food ends up going off before it has been eaten, and because people prepare too much when cooking for their family.
It’s sad to hear of so much edible good and money being wasted at a time when the number of people using the Trussell Trust’s food banks has soared to over one million people, for the first time.
Julian House, founder of My Favourite Voucher Codes, commented: “While we’re pleased to see that food waste is falling, Brits are still throwing away too much edible food. We ask consumers to stop and take some simple steps to prevent as much food ending up in the bin.”
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