Lancashire charity employing ex-convicts to distribute waste food to homeless charities

A charity that employs ex-convicts has been delivering waste food to centres helping homeless people and others in need.

Recycling Lives is based in Preston and serves small charities in Lancashire and Cumbria, helping them to reduce their running costs and expand their services.

The service launched in 2015 and has distributed 2.2million meals to disadvantaged groups, diverting 913 tonnes of food from landfill in the process.

The charity said that they have distributed over 50 tons of surplus or donated food in the last month, which has made over 20,000 meals.

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Recycling Lives added that re-offending by ex-convicts in their employment them is much lower than the national average, at around 4%.

In addition to serving housing associations the charity work with hospices, breakfast clubs and food banks.

Alasdair Jackson, CEO of Recycling Lives Charity, said: "We work in 12 prisons, delivering real work to men and women.

"The aim here is to up-skill people, give them self-esteem back and actually get them into independent living and jobs on the outside when released."

He added that many of the people, who they work with, work for them later on, as they "have walked that journey".

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