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The Duchess of Cornwall Announced as the New Patron of Food Waste Charity UKHarvest

Royal support for charity that redistributes surplus food to those in need, provides nutrition education and community engagement

UKHarvest is a not-for-profit food rescue operation that collects quality excess perishable food from commercial outlets and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to charities. Its mission is to ‘Nourish Our Nation’ and alongside its food rescue and redistribution service, has nutrition education at the core of its work, together with community engagement and innovation.

The Duchess of Cornwall's patronage reflects Her Royal Highness’s interest in healthy eating, well-being and helping those in need.

During a visit to the Sydney operation of OzHarvest in 2015, The Duchess was inspired by the work of the Founder and Australian social entrepreneur, Ronni Kahn. UKHarvest is based on the original OzHarvest model and launched earlier this year, and The Duchess is delighted to offer the charity her support

Yvonne Thomson, Chief Executive of UKHarvest, said: “I am honoured that The Duchess of Cornwall has chosen to become a Patron of UKHarvest. I am particularly proud because of Her Royal Highness’ support of other wonderful charities that help the homeless and those in need. Our work complements these charities, enabling good food to be distributed to them, so they can divert funds to other important areas.


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For more information about UKHarvest, please contact: Claire Poole, +44 (0) 759 504 9938

About UKHarvest

UKHarvest works with all kinds of food providers and producers to save quality surplus food from going to landfill, by rescuing and redistributing it to charities working with homeless and vulnerable people.  UKHarvest is modelled on the Australian food rescue charity OzHarvest that was founded in 2004 by the Australian social entrepreneur Ronni Kahn. The organisation’s mission in the UK is to ‘Nourish Our Nation’: eliminating hunger and food waste through the redistribution of good food, educating and engaging with communities and inspiring innovation. Find out more at