AVIAGEN and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have donated chicken equating to 55,000 meals in the past 12 months.

The donations of chicken breasts and legs, from the SRUC/Aviagen poultry processing plant in Edinburgh, started in April 2020 and have continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

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Food redistribution charity FareShare has received the donations and sent it onwards to charities across Scotland.

The SRUC’s Colin MacEwan, 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.”

Time of need

Magnus Swalander, general manager at 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.”

Since the first donation in April 2020, SRUC and Aviagen have donated 23.1 tonnes of chicken. Using the WRAP calculation of an average balanced meal weighing .42kg, this equates to 55,001 meals.