December 15, 2022

The AGCO Agriculture Foundation has made a donation to Fareshare, a national network of charitable food waste redistributors based in the United Kingdom, which comprises 18 independent organisations. 

The private foundation AGCO is based in the United States, but has recently made a donation of around €281,000 ($300,000) to the United Kingdom-based charity network FareShare.

The foundation and FareShare will work together on a two-year partnership, which will apparently entail 475 tonnes worth of surplus food, or over one million meals, being redistributed to the needy to avoid food waste. Furthermore, this partnership will also bolster the Surplus with Purpose Fund, which supports farmers who divert their harvests that would otherwise become wasted. 

“As a foundation, our support of the FareShare surplus food project comes at a crucial time and aligns with AAF’s vision to prevent and relieve hunger,” said Roger Batkin, board chair, AGCO Agriculture Foundation.

“We hope to support the food needs of these vulnerable households while combatting climate change at both ends of the food chain by tackling food waste.” 

The aforementioned AAF-backed food project falls in line with a range of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including zero hunger, good health and wellbeing, climate action and responsible consumption. 

“We should never be wasting good food, especially not amid a cost-of-living crisis. Millions of people are struggling with the rise in food prices, fuel and household bills. We’ve seen the impact of demand for food across our network skyrocketing,” remarked Lindsay Boswell, chief executive officer of FareShare.

“FareShare is grateful to the AAF for extending their funding to the UK at this crucial time. This partnership will help us further our reach and make a meaningful difference in getting surplus food from farms to people’s plates.”

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