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Scottish Government gives FareShare £500,000

Sustain member FareShare receives extra funding from the Scottish government to mitigate against the potential consequences of Brexit on food supply for people in need.

Tomatoes in crates. Photo credit: Pixabay

Tomatoes in crates. Photo credit: Pixabay

The funding, which doubles investment in FareShare is in addition to the Scottish Government’s £3.5 million Fair Food Fund, established to tackle food insecurity.

Communities Cabinet Secretary Aileen Campbell commented:

“In a country as prosperous as ours, everyone should have access to affordable, nutritious food. Our further investment in FareShare and community groups like Crookston ensures we reach more of the people who need help the most.

“This extra funding will further help those who have been badly hit by the UK Government’s cuts, which mean that welfare spending will be reduced in Scotland by £3.7 billion in 2020/21.

“We are also taking this step to insure ourselves against the economic damage of a possible exit from the EU. It is shocking that we have to do so, but the deal proposed by the UK Government would make people poorer and undo much of the great progress we have made as a nation to tackle inequalities and poverty.

“Regardless of the Brexit outcome, we will continue our plans to tackle food insecurity.  Scotland is the only country in the UK to routinely monitor food insecurity using the UN’s recommended measure and we are continuing to address the underlying causes.”

FareShare is a UK-wide charity which redistributes surplus food that would otherwise go to waste, to frontline charities and community groups.

Published Wednesday 30 January 2019

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