City Harvest London has spoken out against misleading media reports that closing London restaurants are having to throw away food.
The food waste charity, which delivers surplus food from businesses to vulnerable people, says claims that restaurants and pubs closing due to the coronavirus outbreak are being forced to waste food because they “don’t know what to do with it” are untrue.
City Harvest said that in fact, the number of companies coming forward to redistribute food has risen off the back of the measures to stem the spread of Covid-19.
The charity told The Grocer that earlier in the week, one national radio station took calls from listeners who wanted to set up their own food redistribution businesses for restaurants.
”More than anything we want to let people know what we do and that we will continue to do it post-coronavirus – we have been doing it for five years,” said a City Harvest spokeswoman.
”Our front line of drivers and vans are out there making sure food is not wasted when people are facing food poverty. We are still delivering to charities in London who feed the elderly, vulnerable and soon to be children who will be not be receiving free school meals when the schools close.”