We believe that the UK could be losing out on 800m meals from ‘hidden food’ which could help 5.8m people living in ‘deep poverty’. While we already provide over 12m meals from this ‘hidden food’ source to tackle food hunger, there is still more to do.
FareShare celebrates its’ 10th anniversary as an independent organisation this year, tackling food poverty through redistributing food surplus (within the food and drink industry) to charities. We estimate that up to 400,000 tonnes of this food surplus is edible and in date and could provide 800m meals; equivalent to 13 meals per person in the UK.
“Over the past decade we have redistributed enough surplus to provide over 67m meals. This is a great milestone to reach in our 10th anniversary and we are only using 1.5 per cent of surplus food. However this is just the tip of the iceberg of what is potentially available and we could be providing so much more from this source. We have built a sustainable and successful model to tackle food hunger through food waste, which all started thanks to our original founders Crisis and Sainsbury’s. Without their input we wouldn’t be here today helping feed 62,200 people daily and I look forward to building on this success for the future.”
The original FareShare was established in 1994 by homelessness charity Crisis and Sainsbury’s from a similar model in America which put surplus food to good use. They looked into setting up the first FareShare model in London that year. Crisis expanded FareShare from 1994 to 2004 and Sainsbury’s became one of FareShare’s major food partners. FareShare then became an independent organisation in 2004 to expand and now has 18 regional centres across the UK with more branches opening later this year.
Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis said: “FareShare’s continued success is a real source of pride for us here at Crisis and a testament to the dedication of its staff. We established FareShare 20 years ago as a way to get surplus food to people who need it most and it has remained true to its founding mission, thriving as a charity in its own right. Sadly, its work is now more important than ever.”
Sainsbury’s Head of Sustainability, Energy and Environment Paul Crewe said: “We’re delighted to celebrate FareShare’s 10th anniversary with them as a founding partner. I’ve watched the charity go from strength to strength and hope their important work continues for many years to come.”
Since becoming an independent organisation in 2004, FareShare has seen huge growth in the following areas:
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