British farmers have donated fresh, seasonal produce to a food-distribution charity in London, providing more than 5,000 meals for people in need.
The charity, City Harvest, will deliver the produce to organisations that arrange meals for homeless shelters, soup kitchens, centres for the elderly and refuges for women experiencing domestic violence.
Donated produce included apples, pears, pumpkins, potatoes, onions, cabbages and carrots. The food was part of the British Market Stall display at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show, supported by the NFU.
City Harvest CEO, Laura Winningham, said: “We are thrilled to have collected the food from the NFU. Nutrition and the absolute right to food is what drives us, especially knowing there is more than enough food to feed London, if re-distributed and managed efficiently.”
NFU vice president Stuart Roberts thanked members who supplied a total of 2.2 tonnes of food for the Lord Mayor’s Show.
“Obviously it was essential that the food wasn’t wasted so I was delighted that we were able to donate all of it to the City Harvest charity,” he explained. “They do fantastic work in collecting perfectly good and nutritious food that would otherwise go to landfill.
“The produce supplied by British farmers is the equivalent of more than 5,000 meals which will make a huge difference to those people across London in need.”