More people in Norway are struggling, Agriculture Minister asks for more food donations

Matsentralen Trondheim.FoodMatsentralen Trondheim.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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Companies that have the opportunity should give more surplus food to the food centers, Minister of Agriculture and Food Olaug Bollestad (KrF) said.

There are seven food centers spread across Norway. These supply surplus food from manufacturers, wholesalers, and grocery stores to non-profit organizations.

The organizations pass on the food to disadvantaged people.

There have been far more people who need support during the coronavirus pandemic.

The need for food has increased by 70%, while the food centers have only received 30% more food than before.

More food distributed

“I encourage companies that have the opportunity, to deliver more surplus food to the food centers,” Bollestad said in a press release.

A recent report shows that the food centers have distributed more food to disadvantaged people during the coronavirus outbreak, at the same time as increased amounts of food were in danger of becoming food waste.

Among other things, the food centers in Oslo and Bergen have collaborated with local kitchens to use this food for ready meals that have been distributed to those in need.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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