Box-scheme specialist has tie ups with a number of food charities

Abel & Cole has firm charity commitments

Abel & Cole has firm charity commitments

Abel & Cole has highlighted its work in donating organic fresh produce to people in need. 

The box-scheme specialist said it has now donated two million portions of fresh, organic fruit or vegetables to vulnerable people since it launched its One Box: One Portion initiative at the start of 2022.

The initiative has been carried out in partnership with food charities The Felix Project, School Food Matters and Dons Local Action Group.

Abel & Cole cited the Food Foundation’s latest tracker, which revealed that the number of vegetables bought by UK households has fallen to a 50-year low. Nearly two-thirds (60 per cent) of food-insecure households reported buying less fruit and 44 per cent bought fewer vegetables as a result of the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. 

Hannah Shipton, managing director of Abel & Cole, said: “At a time when more and more families are struggling to have access to fresh fruit and vegetables, it has never felt more important to support the most vulnerable in our community. Thanks to the help of our shoppers, we’ve been able to have a big impact. Together, we can continue to fight food poverty, one box at a time.”

Richard Smith, head of food supply at The Felix Project, added: “Every week, The Felix Project delivers surplus food to over 1,000 community projects and primary schools across London. These organisations rely on us for delicious, healthy food and use it to feed people who are experiencing food insecurity. But we could not do this without companies like Abel & Cole giving us their incredible produce.

“It is not only the social impact, but the environmental impact that is so important. By supporting The Felix Project with surplus food, we are saving food and all the resources that went into producing it from being wasted. And that is nothing but a good thing for both people and the planet.”