MEP visits Hemel’s Foodbank to promote donation initiative

MEP Richard Howitt visited the Hemel Hempstead Foodbank.  Picture by Mark Bannister.
MEP Richard Howitt visited the Hemel Hempstead Foodbank. Picture by Mark Bannister.

The benefits of an initiative to make it easier for surplus food to be donated to charities has been championed at Hemel Hempstead’s Foodbank.

Herts Euro MP Richard Howitt discussed the scheme with representatives from the cause that helps to put food on the tables of those struggling financially.

This week the Labour Euro MP co-signed the launch of the initiative that aims to cut food waste.

He said: “The food wasted in Hertfordshire is a small part of more than 100 million tonnes of food waste in Europe a year, the equivalent of over a billion meals.

“One of the biggest causes of food waste is overbuying in the first place, so I’m urging people to donate your non-perishables to this food bank, rather than to a food bin.

“The new initiative will make it even easier to do so.

“Whether it’s the high cost of living meaning it is more important than ever to shop economically or the huge challenges of world hunger, we cannot afford to go on wasting food.

“The European action is aimed at making food waste history.”

The European proposals would see education against food waste, a new initiative to ensure unsold food is passed to local charities and a new obligation to cut wastage throughout the entire chain from production through to consumption.

More than 3,500 individuals in Hemel Hempstead relies on food parcels last year, including 1,228 children, according to the latest figures released by the food bank.