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Defra and WRAP launch £500,000 Food Waste Reduction Fund

Defra has given a clear indication that it may not be able to publish its resources and waste strategy until the second half of the year.

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey has announced Defra will open a £500,000 Food Waste Reduction Fund to organisations which help to increase redistribution of surplus food in England.

Administered by WRAP, the fund will donate grants ranging from £20,000 to £75,000 to support projects led by Not-for-Profit organisations.

Ideal projects could cover training for people involved in supplying and distributing surplus food, infrastructure for packing and labelling facilities and new technology.

Peter Maddox, WRAP director, said: “We’re particularly looking for new routes and fresh partnerships to get more surplus food to people in need.

“I’m keen to see expressions of interest that will increase redistribution from food manufacturers and businesses not already redistributing food, or which can significantly improve and increase existing redistribution chains.”

Full applications must be submitted by 11 May and will be assess by WRAP and Defra before grants are awarded.

References: Recycling & Waste World

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