Stories behind the meals

Every week we help to feed 499,140 vulnerable people. Behind this number are the stories of people whose lives have been changed, starting with a meal.

That’s because we supply food to 4,652 charities and community groups who serve up specialist support as well as lunch and dinner. The food we supply to our charity members is worth around £19.6 million to them. Here’s some of their stories.


Children and young people
  • Talking to 1625 Independent People
    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.

    April 15, 2016
  • A brain power boost for breakfast
    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.

    February 19, 2016
  • “Everyone has a story to tell.”
    “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.

    July 14, 2016
  • Andy’s story
    Andy’s story

    How surplus food is helping homeless people in Sheffield.

    January 29, 2015
  • Martin’s story
    Martin’s story

    How FareShare food is helping people into work and out of addiction.

    November 6, 2014
  • My day at Lunch Positive
    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...

    April 15, 2016
  • Lucy’s story
    Lucy’s story

    How surplus food helped overcome an eating disorder in Edinburgh.

    March 9, 2015
Veterans and ex-service personnel
  • Albert’s Story
    Albert’s Story

    Surplus food has been a lifesaver for one former soldier.

    November 5, 2014
Older people


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