SIX distribution points will be set up around Hampshire so that community groups helping those facing hardship can collect donated food.
Hampshire County Council is spending £200,000 launching the collection points for FareShare, a food redistribution charity.
Executive member for children’s services, Cllr Keith Mans, said: ‘Food poverty is one of three identified main areas of crisis, along with fuel and furniture poverty.
‘It seems such an obvious idea to put to good use food that would otherwise be wasted. It is also an environmentally-friendly solution.
‘With our partners – anti-poverty charity Scratch – we are aiming to set up six distribution points where community groups will be able to collect FareShare food boxes and cook nutritious meals for a fraction of the usual purchase price.’
Community groups and charities that operate lunch clubs for older people or provide meals to the homeless and low income families will be able to get a wide range of fresh produce for a monthly membership fee.
Matthew Wilkinson, operations manager at FareShare, said: ‘This will mean that organisations we support, such as breakfast clubs, lunch clubs for older people, women’s refuges and hostels, that provide life-changing support as well as a hot meal, will make savings on their food spend and help the environment too.’
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