Donations of chicken from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and poultry breeding company Aviagen – equating to nearly 44,000 meals – have been shared with some of the country’s most needy charity groups.
More than 1,800 cases of poultry – the equivalent of 43,811 meals – have been donated to the food redistribution charity FareShare from the SRUC/Aviagen poultry processing plant on the Bush Estate in Edinburgh.
The donations of 18 tonnes of chicken breasts and legs, which started in April 2020, have continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic to alleviate stock pressures caused by the closure of hospitality and food services during lockdown.
FareShare is a charity which aims to relieve food poverty and reduce food waste in the UK by redistributing nutritious, in-date and safe to eat food through their regional distribution warehouses across Scotland.
Colin MacEwan, Director of Commercialisation and Innovation at SRUC, said: “These donations quite simply go to the people who need it most, particularly during this difficult time.
“Currently we are alleviating our own problems in part with these donations, but we hope to continue supporting FareShare in some form in the future.”
Magnus Swalander, General Manager, Aviagen, added: “Aviagen is committed to helping our local communities, especially in this time of urgent need. We’re in the business of putting food on every table, and feel fortunate to be able to donate a nutritious source of protein to such a worthwhile charity.”
Teresa McGoldrick, Food Sourcing Officer for FareShare in Scotland, said: “Our relationship with SRUC has really blossomed since early 2020 when they began providing us with chicken.
“Thousands of families and community groups affected by food poverty across Scotland have benefitted from this nutritious and delicious food and we are very grateful for their continued support.”
Grace Muir, from the Fidra Court Community Kitchen in Edinburgh, said: “The chicken we get from FareShare, supplied by SRUC, is fantastic.
“The chicken breast portions are huge and go down a treat with our service users. We are very thankful and would love to see them keep coming in.”
Since the very first donation in April 2020, up until February 2021, SRUC and Aviagen have donated 18.4 tonnes of chicken.