Mars donates 33 million meals to people in need

By Gwen Ridler

- Last updated on GMT

Mars supports local partner Caledon Community Services to provide access to healthy meals for those who need it
Mars supports local partner Caledon Community Services to provide access to healthy meals for those who need it

Related tags Sustainability Food security

Mars Food & Nutrition has donated 33 million meals to people in need since 2021, smashing its target and progressing its net zero goals.

The food and drink business giant has already exceeded its target of donating 25 million meals by 2025 worldwide.

In the UK, Mars Food & Nutrition has partnered with the Trussell Trust as part of the Stand Against Hunger campaign for the last four years to support their network of more than 1,300 food banks who help communities across the UK who are facing hunger.

Lifeline of emergency support

Sophie Carre, director of public engagement at the Trussell Trust, said: “The support of Mars Food & Nutrition will help food banks within our network continue to provide the lifeline of emergency support for local people in crisis, while we work in the long term to build a hunger free future.”

Mars Food & Nutrition also detailed its progress towards reaching net zero by 2050 and reducing unsustainable water use by 50% by 2025, including its work with suppliers to pioneer climate smart rice farming practices, the “alternate wetting and drying​” watering technique.

Depending on the context where the rice is grown, the climate smart practices have shown water use reductions up to 30% and greenhouse gas reductions ranging from 25 to 70% without reducing rice yields.

Reusable, recyclable or compostable

The company is also taking steps to ensure 89% of its packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable, moving towards the goal of 100% of the portfolio.

Mars Food & Nutrition global president Shaid Shah added, “I am proud of the progress we have made towards our mission of providing healthy, easy, tasty, and accessible everyday meals and delivering the Mars sustainability commitments. There is more to do, but together we can make a meaningful difference to the lives of billions of people around the world.”

Meanwhile, food redistribution charity The Felix Project is one of five charities sharing in £12k of donations from Amazon to support communities across London.

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