Stories behind meals
We work with hundreds of volunteers, to deliver food to thousands of charities, who serve millions of meals to vulnerable people across the UK. Here’s some of the stories behind those numbers.
- Lunch with Ronnie and the regulars at the Cosy Crow Cafe
The Cosy Crow's homemade meals, made using surplus food from FareShare North East, proved a big hit with the local older community in Gateshead.
- Young volunteers lend a hand to FareShare
Volunteers taking part in the National Citizen Service Powered by the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade (JLGB) programme helped to sort food for charities and community groups across the capital.
- Meet the chef: Claire at Greenwich Migrant Hub
We went along to Greenwich Migrant Hub to hear how energetic chef Claire transforms surplus food into magnificent meals. Read the interview.
- “Everyone has a story to tell.”
Noran Flynn manages Nechells POD, a small charity at the heart of one of the most disadvantaged wards in Birmingham. Here she shares her story.
- “I love the place, the people and the work we are doing.”
We caught up with new London Warehouse Shift Co-ordinator Robert about his journey from FareShare volunteer to FareShare employee.
- Our work with General Mills
So far in 2016, General Mills have provided enough surplus food to make 32,000 meals for vulnerable people. Since their partnership with FareShare began three years ago, the food they have supplied...
- “It is just a really heart-warming experience”
We caught up with student Jonathan about volunteering at the Neighbourhood Food Collection. Read our interview.
- My day at Lunch Positive
I arrived at Lunch Positive in true FareShare fashion, in a delivery van bearing a sack of potatoes. Relieved of the potatoes, which disappeared into a bustling kitchen, I was welcomed by Project...
- “People were just so happy to donate”
We caught up with Helen, one of our volunteers who helped out at last December’s Neighbourhood Food Collection, to find out what she thought about her day collecting food.
- Talking to 1625 Independent People
Our Food Collection Intern Hannah visited one of our member projects in Bristol to find out how food donated at the Neighbourhood Food Collection is helping.
- In the FareShare Thames Valley warehouse
Volunteer and sometime roving reporter Andy Baker has been out and about to bring us a blog on life in the FareShare Thames Valley warehouse.
- A brain power boost for breakfast
Food that otherwise would have gone to waste is giving children at a breakfast club in South East London a brainpower boost for the school day.
- A day in the life of FareShare Greater Manchester
Blogger Liz Smith visited FareShare Greater Manchester.
- Seventh Neighbourhood Food Collection launches across UK
The Seventh Neighbourhood Food Collection is underway!
- Stories behind the meals: Ronald McDonald House
Going shopping is the last thing on your mind when your child is in hospital. We visited Ronald McDonald House to find out how food from FareShare is helping to make life a little easier for parents.
- FareShare’s food redistribution work goes primetime
Thanks to Hugh’s War on Waste on BBC1, FareShare’s no longer the charity sector’s best kept secret!
- Making a difference to young lives
When Community Worker Fran Gardner heard that children at Rose Hill Junior Youth Club were missing meals, she knew something had to be done.
- Kenneth’s story: “The best bit? Seeing where the food goes”
We recently said goodbye and congratulations to our volunteer Kenneth as he headed off to start a new job.
- FareShare’s volunteer chef helps Yeo Valley with left over yogurt recipes
Fareshare’s volunteer chef, Helen Scully, gets a personal thanks from Yeo Valley on their new Left-Yeovers limited edition pots.
- Michael’s story: “I’m never on a downer now”
Goodbye and good luck to our brilliant volunteer Michael, who started volunteering with FareShare London in 2013 and this summer clinched his dream job in warehousing.
- Lucy’s story
How surplus food helped overcome an eating disorder in Edinburgh.
- Andy’s story
How surplus food is helping homeless people in Sheffield.
- Martin’s story
How FareShare food is helping people into work and out of addiction.
- Albert’s Story
Surplus food has been a lifesaver for one former soldier.
- The Unity Youth Centre
How fresh food is replacing fast food at a youth centre in Toxteth.
- Taking 10 with…Keith
"Volunteering enabled me to keep active and to get out of the house. It gradually introduced a daily routine back into my life."
- Headway East London
Using food to increase confidence for people affected by brain injuries.
- Taking 10 with…Eva
Eva has volunteered with FareShare since 2004. From friendships, to non-dairy cheese, to social conscience, she shares her volunteering experiences.
- Mercia’s story
"When someone volunteers they are getting in house training and this improves their chances of obtaining a job. (When I found out about my new job) I felt elated.”
- Cooking up a storm with Central Street Cookery School
A cookery school making a difference to local low income families and older people living alone.