FareShare appeals to food industry to help children at risk of hunger over the school holidays

Food charity FareShare is urgently calling on the food industry to donate supplies of healthy food and drinks — which will be distributed to children at risk of food poverty over the summer holidays. One in five children grow up in a household where food is scarce. For these children, the summer holidays aren’t a time of fun and excitement, they’re a time of hunger. With the safety net of free school meals removed many families face increased financial pressure over the six week break, which, in turn, drives them…

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UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva appointed as Sustainable Development Goals Advocate

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of world-renowned soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva as one of his new Sustainable Development Goals Advocates for 2019-2020. The Advocates are 17 influential public figures who are tasked by the Secretary-General to promote the Goals, raise awareness with new audiences, maintain global commitment and call for greater ambition and scalable action to achieve the SDGs by 2030.  An icon and role model for many, Marta, as she is universally known by her fans, is widely regarded as the best female…

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Only 7% of surplus food in UK supply chain reaches charities, despite uplift in amount businesses redistribute to good causes

FareShare, the UK’s largest food redistribution charity, has released new figures showing a 27 per cent increase in the amount of food redistributed to frontline charities this year. In 2018/19 the charity redistributed 19,519 tonnes of good quality surplus food that would otherwise have been wasted, enough to create the equivalent of 46.5 million meals for people in need. However, despite this rapid growth, this only represents around 7 per cent of the total amount of the amount of edible food in the supply chain. FareShare’s Chief Executive, Lindsay Boswell,…

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Nominate extraordinary female scientists for the 2020 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards

Scientists from around the world are invited to nominate candidates for the 2020 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards. The awards will recognize the scientific accomplishments of five outstanding researchers in the Life Sciences, each working in one of the following regions: Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America & North America. Since its creation in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has distinguished 107 eminent women at the height of their scientific careers and supported more than 3,000 promising young women scientists from 117 countries…

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Scottish Government form Advisory Group on Healthy Body Image

A new group will examine how body image impacts on young people’s mental wellbeing. The Scottish Government’s Advisory Group on Healthy Body Image, which will include members from youth, third sector and equalities groups, will identify steps to improve support for young people and advice for relevant professionals. The announcement comes ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week, which is organised by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), and this year focuses on the theme of body image. Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey will visit Girlguiding Scotland on Tuesday to find out…

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