The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has urged the Government to provide £5 million in extra funding to support those struggling to afford sufficient food this winter. This echoes a call made earlier this year by the Committee in its report on Covid-19 and Food Supply.
In a letter from the Committee's Chair to the Secretary of State, the cross-party group of MPs show support for a FareShare scheme which redistributes surplus food from the supply chain to food charities.
FareShare estimates that the scheme would provide 47 million meals per year to the most vulnerable in society.
Chair of the EFRA Select Committee, Neil Parish MP, said: "We face a tough winter with many businesses closing and incomes reducing or disappearing, pushing people into food poverty. The Government must make sure that the most vulnerable members of society have access to enough healthy food. To waste food in the supply chain at such a time would be abhorrent, and this grant would provide a huge boost to the invaluable work of charities redistributing surplus food to those who most need it."
EFRA Select Committee Member and MP for Penrith and The Border, Dr Neil Hudson added: “Our Cross Party Committee is calling on the Government to continue funding this excellent way of getting high quality fresh food to some of the most vulnerable folk in society. This scheme will complement other recently announced and very welcome funding measures and also makes so much sense by reducing food wastage while we are at it.”