2 SISTERS has said it will donate one million fresh ready meals to people in need in the run-up to Christmas this year.

The new initiative in partnership with M&S will see the processor manufacture branded ready meals to be distributed by charity FareShare.

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2 Sisters described the move as an “industry first” as meals will be made and donated from three factory locations across the UK to FareShare directly.

The meals have been prepared for this initiative and unlike previous schemes, do not come from surplus or waste, but have capitalised on under-utilised capacity in 2 Sisters’ network.

Some 13 million people are facing food insecurity in the UK, a figure which has doubled in the last three years.

Proud

Ranjit Singh, founder and president of 2 Sisters Food Group, said: “We’re very proud to take the leading role in manufacturing and donating meals for our partners M&S and Fareshare.

“Never before has helping to feed everyone in need with a nutritious meal been so important, and it’s very pleasing to see retailers, manufacturers and our supplier partners coming together to help make this possible.

“This powerful alliance and the goodwill of organisations for their flexibility, generosity in giving time and resource has made all this possible, and I applaud everyone for their efforts.

Demand has skyrocketed

George Wright, chief executive at FareShare, added: “We’re incredibly grateful for this support. Demand for our food has skyrocketed, and the 8,500 charities we provide food to have seen first-hand how more and more families and working people have been forced to seek help.

“Food insecurity, which currently effects one in four people, fuels both hunger and loneliness.”