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Last year, Shrewsbury Food Hub rescued 217 tonnes of perfectly good surplus food – enough for 518,000 meals.

By getting the food eaten and not wasted, Hub volunteers saved 555 tonnes of damaging greenhouse gases – equivalent to NOT driving 87 times around the world! And the value of the food shared was worth a whopping £1.1m!

Our Foodshares and partner groups tell us about the positive impact that the food makes to our community in these difficult times. However, the Hub’s costs have gone through the roof too.

It costs us:

• £200 a week to keep our van ‘Ronnie’ on the road – that’s over £10,000 a year
• £500 a week to run our depot
• £300 a week to purchase extra surplus fruit & veg that we share across our Foodshares

As part of ongoing financial discussions, we have been talking to our community partner groups and Foodshares to see how we can better communicate the financial costs of running our food redistribution operation and to encourage people to donate, if they can.

From mid-February, messages will be shared on the Hub’s social channels, and flyers will be distributed at local Foodshares. If Foodshare visitors dropped £1 in the pot for the food they take away, it would help to keep the Hub’s wheels turning.