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April 2021: Celebrate 5 years of rescuing good food with #FoodHub5

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

In April 2021, Shrewsbury Food Hub will celebrate 5 years of rescuing surplus food.

The FoodHub5 is a campaign to celebrate this milestone as a community and raise both much needed awareness of food waste and funds to continue the good work for many more years.

As Ali Thomas, co-founder of Shrewsbury Food Hub charity explains: “Back in 2016, we set up the Food Hub to try and reduce food waste while doing something useful in our community. In that first year, we rescued 14 tonnes of vegetables, fruit, random tins and bakery products.”

Fast forward 5 years, Shrewsbury Food Hub has grown ten-fold. 116 volunteers collect from 20 supermarkets as well as wholesalers, manufacturers and farmers and distribute to over 60 community partners. They have been donated a depot and Ronnie, the Food Hub van. As well as the fruit, veg and bread, they now collect frozen and chilled meat, fish and dairy and have a network of community freezers. And this year they are on track to stop more than 140 tonnes of good food from going to waste – that’s enough for 330,000 meals. Getting this food into good use protects the environment and saves their partner groups 30% of their food budget.

Trustee, Kate Hudson, says: “We’re asking the public to join our FoodHub5 campaign to celebrate our fifth birthday and help raise vital funds. Whilst we’re powered by volunteers, we still need to cover the costs of co-ordination and food safety for our seven day-a-week operation.

FoodHub5 will run throughout April 2021 and invites everyone to walk, wheel, run or swim as many 5kms as they can over the month. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just starting out on the Couch to 5km - let’s celebrate 5 years of juggling bananas and broccoli and mangoes and mushrooms! Set yourself a goal and get involved.”

People can donate or start their own challenge page at virginmoneygiving.com/fund/shrewsburyFoodHub5

For further information please contact Pippa on pippa@shrewsburyfoodhub.co.uk

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