FareShare now supporting more than 1,000 charities

World Food Day, on Wednesday 16th October, is a chance to remind ourselves that poverty and hunger are problems all over the world, impacting millions of people each day. It also gives us an opportunity to highlight the issue of hunger on our doorstep, with 5.8 million people live in deep poverty in the UK, meaning they struggle to afford everyday essentials, like food.

We are currently facing record levels of demand and are now supporting more charities than ever before. New figures released today show we are providing food to more than <b>1,000 organisations</b> up and down the country, helping to feed <b>51,000 vulnerable people each day.</b> This is a 15% increase in just six months.
The theme of World Food Day this year is Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. This is a hugely important issue and to coincide with this we are excited to announce that <a href=”http://www.fareshare.org.uk/tesco-to-provide-7-million-meals/” target=”_blank”>Tesco will be diverting all surplus fresh food from their distribution and online grocery centres to FareShare</a>. This will amount to over 2,300 tonnes, the equivalent of more than seven million meals each year. You can read more from our CEO, Lindsay Boswell <a href=”https://www.tescoplc.com/talkingshop/index.asp?blogid=151″ target=”_blank”>here</a>, who is Tesco’s guest blogger today.

We’ve also released the interim findings from a new report, <a href=”http://www.natcen.ac.uk/our-research/research/exploring-fareshare/” target=”_blank”>Exploring FareShare: from food waste to fighting hunger</a>, carried out by social research institute NatCen. The report reveals we are supporting the most vulnerable people in our society, with 63% of our member charities located in the most deprived fifth of neighbourhoods in England, Scotland and Wales. The food we provide plays a crucial role in enabling these charities to engage with their clients. An elderly beneficiary who attends a luncheon club we support recently told us:

I don’t know what I’d do without it, I really don’t. To come here for the good square meal and the company

You can read more about the report in  <a href=”http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/why-food-banks-are-still-hungry-for-funds-as-the-cutbacks-bite-8874812.html” target=”_blank”>The Independent</a>.

Click <a href=”http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/en/” target=”_blank”>here</a> for more information on World Food Day.


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