Currently, 8.4 million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat. 1 in 10 people in the UK are missing meals to pay their bills, and 1 in 4 of these people affected are children. And on top of these worrying figures, an astonishing 4.4 million tonnes of edible food is wasted each year in the UK.
We're passionate about helping to put an end to food poverty and our brand new innovative partnership with FareShare and The Trussell Trust will help to revolutionise the support that foodbanks across the UK are able to give to people.
What is Asda Fight Hunger Create Change?
Over the next three years, we'll donate over £20 million to these two leading charities, enabling them to develop their infrastructure and services so that they can collect, transport and store fresh food in foodbanks. Our donations will fund key services like debt counselling and benefits advice, offering support and guidance to those in need, tackling the root causes of food poverty.
We will also expand our existing food donation activities so that by 2020 every one of our stores will have the ability to donate surplus food to food charities.
How will Asda make a difference?
Our aim is to make a long term positive impact on the food poverty issue in the UK. Over the next three years, we hope to support 1 million people across the UK with guidance and advice to help them get out of food poverty. Our donation will also give 500,000 more people in the UK access to fresh food every week, meaning fresh food will become the norm and not the exception; this will help to improve vulnerable people’s nutrition and mental health. We’ll also provide an additional 24 million meals every year.
Who are FareShare and The Trussell Trust?
With the mantra that no good food should go to waste, FareShare redistributes edible surplus food to charities, who then turn it into delicious meals.
FareShare reaches 1,300 towns and cities across the UK through its 21 regional centres, helping homeless hostels, childrens' breakfast clubs, lunch clubs for older people, domestic violence refuges and community cafés.
The Trussell Trust’s network of over 400-strong foodbanks provides a minimum of three days' emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. The Trussell Trust also recognises that stopping hunger is about more than food, and offers a range of free services, including household budgeting and debt advice, to help people break the cycle of poverty.
How do I get involved?
Asda’s Fight Hunger Create Change programme is helping to tackle food poverty across the UK. Our partner charities have lots of volunteering opportunities so you can get involved too.
Watch our volunteer videos to find out more about volunteering for each charity. If you’re interested in getting involved, visit asda.com/fight-hunger to find out how to register your interest.
How can I help in-store?
We’ve created food collection points in around 300 of our larger stores so you can donate to a local food charity. Find out if your store collects for a food charity here.
While you’re shopping, why not pick up an extra item or two that you would like to donate?
We're looking for:
- Tins of fruit, meat, veg and soup
- Tea, coffee and UHT milk
- Jams, marmalades and healthy snacks
- Dried pasta, rice and mash
- Cooking sauces
- Basic toiletries like toothpaste and toilet roll
We will be donating an additional 20% of the value of all products donated to The Trussell Trust foodbanks in store for the rest of the year.
Want to get involved? Find out more about Asda Fight Hunger Create Change here, including more information on FareShare and The Trussell Trust's work around the UK.