This e-Petition calls for the Government to reverse its decision not to fund charities such as FareShare. If you would like to find out more about why the petition was set out check out this page on this blog back on the 22nd June. The petition was set out on 29th June and so far after a great deal of activity we have achieved 670 signatures. We clearly need many more to pressurise the Government so please do consider signing it. Tonight on Countryfile here we can see the Gleaning activities that take place in Sussex to enable food that has grown by Farmers but could not be released commercially. The Gleaning teams then release the food they gather to Sussex FareShare. So here is the explanation for the Petition
In April the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee called on the Government to provide ongoing funding to redistribute surplus food from the farmgate and across the supply chain to food aid providers. In June the Government said there were no plans for further grants. This should change. A Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair told the Committee “that the Government takes food waste very seriously” and that she expects “this to be an area in which we continue to work as Government”. We need the Government to provide public funding to enable the many agencies to carry out the work necessary to prevent food waste and improve food security.
The reference to farmgate relates to Gleaning activities which have been ongoing for many years.