FareShare

FAQ

We get a lot of enquiries from people wanting to find out more about FareShare. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions, hopefully they will help you to find the information you’re looking for.

How can I get involved?
There are lots of ways you can support FareShare, visit our Get Involved page to find out more.

How can I donate food?
If you work in the food industry and want to find out about working with FareShare to find a solution for your surplus food please contact a member of our Food Team on 020 7064 8911 or email foodoffers@fareshare.org.uk.

Although 99% of FareShare food comes from the food industry we’re always very grateful for donations of non-perishable, in-date food from generous individuals. If you have food that you would like to donate please contact your local depot to arrange getting it to us. For more info on the types of food we can and cannot accept please look at our Food Offer Guidelines.

If you want to go that extra mile we’d love it if you could organise a food drive for FareShare and get your colleagues, classmates or friends to contribute. Please download our Food Drive Pack to find out how.

I need food – can I get a delivery from FareShare?
FareShare is not a traditional food bank – we deliver food to other charities and local community groups for them to use and we’re unable to provide individuals with food parcels. If you’re in need of a food parcel please contact the Trussell Trust – a charity set up to provide food parcels to individuals at times of need. If there is no Trussell Trust food bank operating in your area try Homeless UK– a directory of services for those experiencing hardship. Your local Citizens Advice Bureau may also be able to help you locate a food bank in your area.

How can my charity sign up for deliveries from FareShare?
For a small monthly fee FareShare can provide your organisation with regular food deliveries. Please look at our list of depots and see if we operate in your area, then contact your local FareShare for details of how to apply.

How can I set up a FareShare in my area?
FareShare operates in partnership with registered charities and social enterprises to run depots around the country. These organisations fund, staff and manage the operation from the planning through the delivery of the FareShare service. Setting up a FareShare costs around £200,000.

If you’re part of an organisation that would like to work with FareShare to develop a franchise in your area please send an email to enquiries@fareshare.org.uk to register your interest.

If you’re part of a church looking to set up a foodbank the Trussell Trust model might work better for you. Please visit their website to see how you could set up a community food bank in your area.