10/12/2019

Foodbank receives festive donations with important conservation message

Staff from Bristol Zoological Society have delivered 10 festive food hampers with a difference to a Bristol foodbank.

Our staff put together the hampers with food containing 100 per cent certified sustainable palm oil, for the North Bristol foodbank on Gloucester Road.

The 10 treat-filled hampers were delivered to the foodbank by chief executive Dr Justin Morris, and conservation psychologist and campaigns manager, Katie Major.

The hampers were put together to support the foodbank ahead of one of its busiest periods of the year – ensuring those in crisis this Christmas receive emergency food – and to raise awareness of the need to produce palm oil sustainably.

Over the past few years, we have been spearheading a campaign to encourage people to choose products containing sustainable palm oil over those that contain uncertified palm oil and for supermarkets to clearly label their own brand products containing it.

Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world with more than 60 million tonnes produced each year – mostly in Indonesia and Malaysia.

As it is so versatile, it is a major ingredient in many everyday products – not just food but lipsticks to shampoo, washing detergents, biodiesel, ice cream and cookies. There is high demand for it but it is hugely controversial because it involves the clearing of tropical rainforests to grow palm oil plantations.

Sustainable palm oil is better for the planet because its production involves companies promising not to clear any primary forest, to have transparent supply chains and to check how much carbon they are emitting.

Katie said: “We still have a long way to go in encouraging people to choose certified sustainable palm oil but it’s so encouraging to see many supermarkets and big brands already making big strides towards stocking sustainable palm oil products.

“Just by making small changes to your shopping list and choosing products containing sustainable palm oil rather than unsustainably produced palm oil you could change the way the world looks in years to come – ensuring the jungles that orangutans and many other species call their home are protected.”

“We couldn’t think of a better way to raise awareness of the negative impacts that growing unstainable palm oil is having on the planet than to give back to our local community this Christmas.”

Matt Dobson, manager of North Bristol Foodbank said: “We were thrilled to hear that Bristol Zoological Society wanted to donate food items. We are always grateful for any food items but it’s especially nice to be receiving products that are sustainably produced.

“It’s a really important message and it is great to see a fellow charity being socially responsible. These food items will be invaluable to those in need this Christmas and it’s great to be able to help promote such an important campaign.”

North Bristol Foodbank is a project founded by Ebenezer Church and Filton Community Church, and is one of a nationwide network of foodbanks supported by The Trussell Trust.

We hope to support local organisations in switching their supply chains to sustainable palm oil, and continue promoting the Supporting Sustainable Palm Oil campaign that encourages consumers to actively seek out certified sustainable palm oil in the products they purchase.

Sustainable palm oil food hamper contents:

Our festive food hampers included the following items, which are made using sustainable palm oil (other food items are also available which contain sustainable palm oil).

  • A selection of Pieminster Pies
  • A selection of Quorn ready meals
  • Nutella chocolate spread
  • Ferrero Roche chocolates
  • McVities Jaffa cakes
  • McVities Penguins
  • McVities Ginger Nuts
  • Maryland cookies
  • Jammie Dodgers
  • Wagon wheels
  • Jacob’s Cream Crackers
  • Jacob’s mini cheddars
  • Jacob’s Twiglets
  • As assortment of Jordan’s cereals
  • Fresh apples
  • Fresh oranges

Find out more about Bristol Zoological Society’s sustainable palm oil campaign here.

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