Aviagen has contributed 65.4 tonnes of chicken breasts and legs to food redistribution charity FareShare from its poultry processing plant jointly owned by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).
FareShare gave the food last year to 832 other charities including those serving people on low incomes, clubs for school children, services for homeless people, community groups serving older people and organisations for people with mental health conditions across the UK.
SRUC and Aviagen are now in the process of becoming one of FareShare’s Leading Food Partners – a scheme that recognises food businesses which consistently divert their edible surplus food to charity and community groups, fighting food waste and reducing their carbon footprint.
Andrea Whipp, Food Commercial Officer at FareShare, said: “We are facing even more challenging times ahead and to receive consistent donations of good quality chicken from SRUC and Aviagen is invaluable.
“Working with them has been a joy. It is more than just providing surplus food. They are genuinely interested in how the food helps and are looking for other ways to support FareShare.”
“Working with FareShare is a very straightforward and simple process and we would encourage other businesses to get involved.”
SRUC and Aviagen started donating chicken to FareShare at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in April 2020 to alleviate stock pressures caused by the closure of hospitality and food services during lockdown.