8.4 million people in the UK, the equivalent of the entire population of London, are struggling to afford to eat. At the same time, it is estimated that at least 270,000 tonnes of surplus food from the UK food and drink industry could be redistributed to feed people each year. That is enough food for 650 million meals.
FareShare has a unique mission: to fight hunger and its underlying causes by redistributing surplus food to hundreds of local charities across the UK. By ensuring good food is not wasted, we turn an environmental problem into a solution, helping to feed thousands of vulnerable people every day.
FareShare secures surplus food through its partnerships with the food industry and then delivers it to more than 2,489 charities and community projects across the UK, helping to feed 211,565 people every week. The majority of these charities and projects cook the food they receive on site so that they can provide vital and nutritious meals to vulnerable individuals, families and children. The provision of food from FareShare supports charities to reinvest £2.3 million into vital support services to help people back on their feet.
For more information about our work and to see the typical journey the food we receive will take once it’s delivered in to one of our 20 Regional Centres, please watch the video on the right. This is the real ‘farm to fork’ story!