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NFU members around the country have donated over two tonnes of seasonal produce, including apples, pumpkins and pears, that will go towards providing over 5,000 meals across London.
The food formed part of the British Market Stall display in the Worshipful Company of Farmers entry at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show, supported by the NFU.
London-based food distribution charity City Harvest will deliver the produce to organisations that arrange meals for homeless shelters, soup kitchens, centers for the elderly and refuges for women experiencing domestic violence.
NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts commented, “I’d like to thank all those NFU members who supplied the vast array of fresh, seasonal British produce, all 2.2 tonnes of it, for the Market Stall display in the Lord Mayor’s Show parade.
“Obviously it was essential that the food wasn’t wasted so I was delighted that we were able to donate all of it to the City Harvest charity. They do fantastic work in collecting perfectly good and nutritious food that would otherwise go to landfill. The produce supplied by British farmers is the equivalent of more than 5,000 meals which will make a huge difference to those people across London in need.”