Food redistribution charity FareShare has launched a year-long push to double the amount of food donations it receives.

The ‘10,000-pallet challenge’ was launched this week in association with the FDF, and FareShare is demanding the industry ensure unsold food is delivered to its depots rather than be thrown away.

FareShare chief executive Tony Lowe said it was a “scandal” that good food was still being destroyed. “Food that cannot be sold but can be eaten should go to people,” he said.

The charity currently receives around 5,000 pallets a year, but claims it would be able to help 60,000 people a day if this was doubled. FareShare is also pushing the message that companies are more likely to hit waste and emissions targets if unwanted stock goes to FareShare depots rather than landfill.