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30 May 2012 11:05:43

Company Shop rears cows on food waste to feed charitable projects

Company Shop, the UK leader in food surplus management, today announced its latest initiative to ensure the poorest people get access to the most nutritious food through charity networks. The organisation is taking the unprecedented step of donating food waste to local farmers to feed their animals, in return for home-grown meat being supplied to them to distribute to charities.

FareShare, the national charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty, and the Barnsley Church Drugs Project will directly benefit from the ‘Company Shop Cows’, which will provide a valuable source of protein to their food kitchens. It has always been a challenge for charities to deliver nutritiously balanced meals on a budget, with meat often rationed very thinly. With Company Shop’s latest donations, charities will now be able to provide protein rich foods to those who need it most.

This new model for charitable giving has been developed by Company Shop, which has over 20 years’ experience in handling surplus goods for major brands, providing a sustainable and socially responsible model for redistribution. Rather than give charities batches of food they don’t want or need, this approach ensures they are getting the best, wholesome ingredients. This will help to minimise waste and maximise the benefit for the most disadvantaged.

Company Shop chairman, John Marren, commented "The process is very simple but fits perfectly into our business model. We supply animal feed from our food waste to local farmers, and in return we get free range meat to donate.

"Food charities desperately need nutritious staples, and we are glad that this scheme can help provide those."

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of FareShare, commented: "FareShare is finding demand from charities for food is dramatically increasing and meat from such an innovative and sustainable scheme is most welcome.

"We congratulate Company Shop in using their waste in such a creative fashion and helping us tackle, through our partnership, the growing issue of food poverty in the UK."

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