Our history


Homeless charity Crisis establish Crisis FareShare, co-founded with Sainsbury’s. The first depot opens in London and during the next 10 years Crisis FareShare expands by opening Regional Centres across the UK, including Brighton and Edinburgh, using a social franchise model.


FareShare becomes an independent charity in order to support its growth and broaden its remit, meaning more people experiencing food poverty (beyond homeless people) can benefit. FareShare London is launched with four more Regional Centres in operation in South Yorkshire, Dundee, Edinburgh and Brighton.


Launch of the current FareShare logo,  the apple shaped as a hand.

Man eating FareShare food


Lady With Surplus Food



FareShare launches it social business arm to generate income from pallet fees charged to the food industry. New Regional Centres are established in Birmingham and Bristol.


FareShare becomes a strategic partner of the Food and Drink Federation and new Regional Centres open in Aberdeen, Newcastle, Leicester and Manchester.


The 10,000 pallet challenge is launched with the aim of increasing the levels of food supplied to FareShare by the food industry. FareShare takes part in ‘Feeding the 5,000’ an event highlighting the scandal of food waste.


FareShare wins ‘Britain’s Most Admired Charity’ award and, in partnership with Sainsbury’s, runs the UK’s biggest food drive – the Million Meal Appeal. The campaign wins IGD’s Third Sector Business Charity award. New Regional Centres open in Liverpool, Wales and Belfast.


Tesco run a national food collection with FareShare and the Trussell Trust and collect enough food for 2 million meals.

March 2013

FareShare reaches the significant milestone of supplying surplus food to over 1,000 charities.


FareShare opens new Regional Centres open in Kent, Thames Valley and Southern Central.


With the opening of FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria, there are now 20 FareShare Regional Centres. FareShare FoodCloud launches, a digital platform linking charities with local stores who have unsold food left at the end of the day.