Press Release: FareShare Takes Waste Fight to Womad Festival

August 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1st August 2014

FareShare Takes Waste Fight to Womad Festival

26-27th July 2014, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

With festival season still in full swing, FareShare South West continued it campaign to prevent food waste that take place at the end of the festival by the food trader. Womad Festival gave access on Monday morning, as 64 food traders donated good quality food, adding up to two tonnes, the equivalent to 4,762 meals. This was given out to a number of projects that work with vulnerable people in the South West.

Some of those organisations which benefited most from the traders’ generosity include the Windsor Hall Wood in Shepton Mallet, Elim Connect Centre in Wells and the YMCA in Burnham-on-Sea. “Its like Christmas, we will cook some fantastic dishes with this, thank you”

DCIM101GOPROWith over 300-400,000 tonnes of food wasted in the UK every year, FareShare South West is currently paying close attention to the festival and events industry and is researching how organisers can become more sustainable to reduce food waist. All the traders we encountered were so pleased we were on site and would like to see us at every festival “We hate waste and have been waiting for something like this for years” Cayote Moon

Jacqui Reeves, CEO of FareShare South West, commented “We knew there was probably food wasted at festivals by the traders but had no idea of the quantity. We know this food is kept within the correct food safety regulations and if we can distribute this to organisations that really need it, everyone benefits”.

ENDS

FareShare South West is one of eighteen regional branches across the UK which seeks to encourage sustainability among organisations which sell food and redistribute any surplus stock that should never go to waste. We work with a range of companies to ensure that good food can go to the most vulnerable people in our communities.

The Womad festival, or the World of Music, Arts and Dance, is an internationally renowned festival established in 1982, which invites some of the world’s greatest artists in their field to showcase their talent to audiences in festivals that take place worldwide. The festival aims to promote awareness and worthwhile nature which multiculturalism brings to society.

For more information, please contact Jacqui Reeves at jacqui@faresharesouthwest.org.uk.

Please also visit the Womad Festival website: http://womad.co.uk/

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