The King has celebrated his 75th birthday this year by launching a new charity food initiative - The Coronation Food Project - which seeks to bridge the gap between food waste and food need across the UK.
There are three pillars of action identified by The Coronation Food Project:
- Saving more surplus food.
- Supercharging food distribution networks to ensure surplus produce can reach those who need it most, through the creation of several Coronation Food Hubs.
- Delivering a flexible funding programme to support the wider sector and a consortium of pioneering food-rescue initiatives.
The latest charitable food project from The King follows in the footsteps of previous Royal initiatives, including The Felix Project, which received an early stage donation from The King Charles III Charitable Fund. In 2021, a new campaign was launched by The Prince's Foundation called Food For The Future, to help provide young people with knowledge about food supply and production.
The official website says of the initiative: The Coronation Food Project builds on previous work in this area. In December 2022, a £1million fund was launched, which included a personal donation by His Majesty The King. Through this fund, over 800 commercial fridges and freezers have been distributed to key locations across the United Kingdom – which has transformed the sector's capacity to save, store and redistribute surplus food. There is an urgent need to do more, with up to 14 million people facing food insecurity in the United Kingdom.
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