Unused army ration packs to be donated to elderly and food banks

“Army ration packs are to be given to charities supporting the homeless and lunch groups for the elderly, the government has announced.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) says that up to 20,000 unused ‘operational ration packs’ are to be donated over the next few years.

The military will provide the packs to FareShare, a charity that distributes food to nearly 10,000 charities across Britain, including community groups, homeless hostels and lunch groups for the elderly.

The ration packs include items for breakfast, lunch and dinner and each provide 4000 calories, enough to sustain an active person over a whole day.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: “Ration packs help provide nutritionally balanced meals to our armed forces on operations around the world. But charity begins at home, and I’m pleased our partnership with FareShare will make sure no food goes to waste.

“FareShare does a fantastic job redistributing food across the country and I’m proud the military can support communities in this way.” …”