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Business as usual for King Charles as he launches food project on 75th birthday

King Charles has used his 75th birthday to mark the start of his pioneering Coronation Food Project in a bid to tackle food poverty project.

Today, November 14, the King and Queen Camilla have headed to Oxfordshire to launch the new project, which seeks to bridge the gap between food waste and food need across all four nations of the UK.

The royal couple are visiting the South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance, which launched in 2014 and is part of the FareShare network.

To kickstart The Coronation Food Project, the King and Queen have had the opportunity to hear all about how food waste can be used for social good.

The project will support food networks across the UK to reuse greater amounts of surplus food.

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Upon arriving at the warehouse, the King and Queen met staff and volunteers who rescue surplus food and redistribute it to 120 community organisations in need.

The couple then moved to four packing stations where staff and volunteers will be packing surplus food which will be distributed to a range of community organisations.

As well as staff and volunteers, the couple had the opportunity to speak to Coronation Food Project supporters and people who currently use food larders and food banks.

The King, who is known for being a committed environmentalist, is launching three pillars as part of the new project.

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The first is saving more surplus food, the second is supercharging food distribution networks to ensure surplus produce can reach those who need it most, through the creation of several Coronation Food Hubs.

The third is making sure of the delivery of a flexible funding programme to support the wider sector and a consortium of pioneering food-rescue initiatives.

The King celebrated his birthday one day early on Monday, November 13, with a low-key party at Highgrove Gardens.

The party was organized by The Prince’s Foundation and the charity previously revealed that fellow members of his generation turning 75 this year would join the King to mark the milestone.

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Mingling with fellow guests, King Charles appeared in high spirits as he made his way around the Orchard Room.

Music was provided by a local rock choir, and guests had the opportunity to chat over tea and live music.

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