Booker donates enough surplus to provide 1 million meals


Wholesaler Booker has redistributed enough food to provide the equivalent of one million meals to those in need.

Booker became the first wholesale organisation to redistribute food directly to FareShare’s network of charities via FareShare Go and free sharing app OLIO.

Through the FareShare Go programme, Booker sites are matched with charities and community groups in the local area which collect the donated items and turn that into food parcels or hot meals for vulnerable people.

The food redistributed by the wholesaler includes a range of large catering size packs, vegetables, deli and sandwich fillings, as well as smaller packs of meats, fish and fruit.

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“Thank you to Booker for working with FareShare and OLIO to redistribute the equivalent of one million meals. This food is needed now more than ever and is making a huge difference to people in need across the country,” Fareshare chief executive Lindsay Boswell said.

“We’ve received lots of positive feedback from our network of charities collecting food through Booker and the Colleagues in Booker branches are building strong relationships with their local community thanks to this programme.”

Booker head of sustainability Catherine Marston 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.”

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