Criteria announced for Food Waste Reduction Fund

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Environment Minister Therese Coffey has outlined the criteria for the Food Waste Reduction Fund at the Courtauld Commitment 2025 Signatory Summit. 

Expressions of Interest are now being requested to access the £500,000 fund given by Defra and administered by WRAP, in order to support projects to help redistribute surplus food from food businesses to people in need throughout England. 

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Funding will be provided for projects that will help overcome the barriers to increase this redistribution, and could cover areas including: 

  • Training for the people involved in supplying and distributing surplus food 
  • Infrastructure such as packing and labelling facilities, freezer capacity or refrigerated vehicles to allow larger quantities of food to be redistributed 
  • Facilitation to form collaborative partnerships and help Not-For-Profit organisations join with partners.  

This funding will be given with the goal of making a significant increase to the amount of food redistributed, with WRAP believing that the grants will range from £20,000 and £75,000.  

The Environment Minister said: “I was delighted to speak at WRAP’s conference today and announce the opening of the Food Waste Reduction Fund. I look forward to the fund receiving bids from charities to redistribute surplus food.” 

This fund is open to Not-For-Profit organisations who supply surplus food from food businesses to either those in need, or to other organisations who do the same.  

WRAP director Peter Maddox said: “This fund will make a huge difference to many organisations in England, and those who use their services. We’re particularly looking for new routes and fresh partnerships to get more surplus food to people in need. 

“I’m keen to see expressions of interest that will increase redistribution from food manufacturers and businesses not already redistributing food, or which can significantly improve and increase existing redistribution chains. We want this fund to help make a step-change in the amount of surplus food that is redistributed to people.”  

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