UKHarvest collects quality surplus food from a variety of retailers and producers and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to charities that can make use of it to support those in need, providing much-needed assistance to people across the UK.
Based in Chichester, West Sussex, UKHarvest’s mission is to eliminate hunger and food waste through the redistribution of quality surplus food, promoting nutrition education and providing people of all ages with the skills and knowledge to feed and cook for themselves cheaply and healthily.
Through Clarion Futures, our charitable foundation, we have supported UKHarvest for some time, providing a grant of £5,000 last year to sponsor one of its delivery vans. When the coronavirus outbreak took hold, there was a surge in demand, and so we provided an additional £1,000 in funding to help support their work, with increased deliveries to local community hubs and residents.
This took the form of a grant from Clarion Futures’ Emergency Support Fund which has been created to enable us to offer direct financial support to some of our longstanding partners during the coronavirus outbreak.
Yvonne Thomson, founder of UKHarvest, said: “Before the coronavirus outbreak hit, on average we rescued seven to ten tonnes of surplus food each week, delivering to more than 100 charities and community organisations. Currently, we are rescuing up to 30 tonnes per week, allowing us to deliver 10,000 meals a day over a wider area, from London to Wiltshire. Without partners like Clarion Futures this simply wouldn’t be possible so we’re really grateful for their support.”
Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities at Clarion Futures, said: “Organisations like UKHarvest are lifelines to many people whose income has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak, helping to put healthy and nutritious meals on the table. We’re proud to support their vital work which is providing assistance to residents in Clarion communities across the South East, as well as thousands of other people.”