AVARA FOODS is the first meat processor to donate more than a million meals to the hunger and food waste charity FareShare.

Fare Share takes good-to-eat food and surplus food from producers like Avara Foods and redistributes it through its network of 10,500 charities and community groups, helping vulnerable people access nutrition.

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The million meal mark covers the four years since the formation of Avara Foods – a joint venture between poultry integrators Faccenda Foods and Cargill UK.

Avara donated 313,000 meals in 2021 alone, a company spokesman said.

Instead of sending surplus food, most donations from the integrator are planned, regular Grade A product, they added.

‘Indispensable service’

Avara Foods’ Andrew Brodie said: “Our goal is to produce healthy, high-quality food that is available to all parts of our community.

“Fare Share provides an indispensable service to communities up and down the country, so working with them to provide wholesome, nutritious food is a great way to support their mission, our purpose and help thousands of people in need.

“Reaching one million meals is a milestone that we’re all exceptionally proud of.”

Fare Share chief executive Lindsay Boswell added: “Thank you Avara, for donating much-needed food, equivalent to one million meals.

“Avara have been a longstanding partner of FareShare, supplying consistent deliveries of meat each month.

“Avara is the first meat processor reach the one million meals milestone and that is testament to their ongoing commitment and support of our mission to tackle hunger and food waste.”