Pukka Pies have donated over 70,000 pies to underprivileged people as part of their support of national UK charity FareShare.
FareShare is a national UK charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty and addresses two major issues facing the UK: food poverty and food waste.
Since joining the scheme in May 2010, Pukka Pies has donated in excess of 30 pallets of packing mis-shapes (safe products but not suitable for general sale).
Tim Storer, joint managing director of Pukka Pies, said: “I am particularly keen to support our partnership with the FareShare charity.
“At home no-one likes to see good food wasted, and we employ the same maxim at Pukka Pies too.”
“A business of this scale does produce a very small percentage of products which, while not acceptable to sell, are perfectly acceptable to eat. It may be a case of sauce on the lid or a product which is slightly dented.
“It is especially pleasing to see these products being used in such a positive manner. I would urge other companies to take a look at this scheme and participate if at all possible.”
FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell says, “We are delighted that Pukka Pies is supporting our mission to fight hunger in the UK by sending their surplus food to our network. Getting regular access to a hot meal can make a huge difference to the lives of people struggling with food poverty in all of our communities, and the support of companies like Pukka Pies makes it possible for us to reach 35,000 people a day.
“I join Tim Storer in urging other companies to get involved – generating a small surplus in order to meet demand is totally understandable.
“Allowing it to become waste when FareShare offers an ethical way to dispose of it is both wrong and expensive. “
FareShare addresses the issue of food poverty in three key ways:
Providing quality food - surplus ‘fit for purpose’ product from the food and drink industry – to organisations working with disadvantaged people in the community
Providing training and education around the essential life skills of safe food preparation and nutrition, and warehouse employability training through FareShare’s Eat Well Live Well programme
Promoting the message that ‘No Good Food Should Be Wasted’