What is The Rainbow Scheme?
The Rainbow Scheme is an institutional arrangement designed to promote fair food aid during times of economic hardship. Members of the movement advocate access to healthy and nutritional food within the third sector, as well as improved safety and standards for its workers, volunteers and food recipients.
The scheme focuses in particular on the redistribution of healthy food from supermarket surpluses, notably fruit and vegetables essential to the well-being and general health of those who need it, while also advocating sustainable solutions that reduce the impacts of waste food on the environment. The movement seeks to create greater education, promotion and transparency surrounding food equality, safety, sustainability and respect within the private, public and third sectors.
As a member of The Rainbow Scheme, we commit to the following:
1. To actively seek healthy and nutritious food groups available for the purpose of redistribution. 2. To store and maintain standards in line with Environmental Health legislation and advice. 3. To offer relevant PPE and safety training to volunteers and workers. 4. To treat recipients and workers with respect and compassion, promoting cross sector equality and sustainability throughout the entire supply chain. 5. To record and report, wherever possible the weight of food redistributed from the supply chain.