Wholesaler Booker has redistributed enough surplus food to provide the equivalent of one million meals to people in need.
Booker is the first wholesale organisation to redistribute food directly to FareShare’s network of charities through FareShare Go and OLIO’s Food Waste Heroes via 192 of its branches across the UK.
Through the FareShare Go programme, Booker sites are matched with charities and community groups in the local area that collect the items and turn that into food parcels or hot meals for the people they support.
The food redistributed by Booker includes a range of large catering size packs, vegetables, deli and sandwich fillings, as well as smaller packs of meats, fish and fruit.
Catherine Marston, Head of Sustainability at Booker added: “We are delighted that our teams across the whole Booker business have worked so hard with their local partners to reach this fantastic milestone. Not allowing any edible food go to waste is something that everyone at Booker is passionate about and we are proud to be the first wholesaler to work in such a collaborative way with FareShare and OLIO.
"Our food waste represents just 0.15% of total food handled which is market leading. We are off to a great start with this partnership and I’m really looking forward to building on this success.”