The “excellent” work of Recycling Lives’ Food Redistribution Centre has been recognised in two awards processes.
The Centre – run by Recycling Lives in partnership with charity FareShare – has been named as a finalist in both the National Recycling Awards and the SELNET Enterprise in Society Awards.
For the national awards, the Centre has been shortlisted in the Team Of The Year (Private/Public) category, while in the regional SELNET awards it has been shortlisted in the Effective Collaboration category.
The Food Redistribution Centre has achieved significant impact since launching in October 2015, already distributing more than 750,000 meals to date, feeding 5,000 people a week via its network of nearly 100 members and diverting 331 tonnes of food waste from landfill.
Staffed by two full-time members, both of whom are former Residents of Recycling Lives’ residential charity, it also has a dedicated team of volunteers, including men on day release from prison seeking to improve their skills ahead of release, and retired professionals seeking to share their skills and ‘give back’.
Recycling Lives’ head of charity, Neil Flanagan, said:
“We’re immensely proud of the impact of the Food Redistribution Centre so far – all achieved by the excellent work of our team.
“To be recognised in not one but two awards, even just making the shortlist, is fantastic for them. Win or not, we hope we can encourage more supermarkets and communities to get involved in food redistribution, in order to both reduce food waste and tackle food poverty.
The Food Redistribution Centre bridges the gap between supermarkets and suppliers, with charities and community groups. Taking deliveries of surplus goods from the former, which would have otherwise been destined for landfill, it then redistributes goods to the latter, which includes homeless hostels, breakfast clubs and hospices – thereby reducing food waste and tackling food poverty.
The team will next meet with judges of the National Recycling Awards in a bid to make theirs the winning entry, before finding out their fate at the awards ceremony in London on June 28th. They will find out if they are winners in the SELNET Awards at a ceremony in Blackburn on April 28th.