15 June 2017
From this month, anyone signed up with food-sharing app OLIO can choose to make a donation to FareShare to help tackle food waste and fight hunger.
OLIO is an innovative and free app which allows individual users to offer out food which might otherwise go to waste. You might be going on holiday and have an open bag of carrots left. You might have received a box of strawberry cream chocolates for Christmas – your least favourite flavour. You might have over-fed your tomato plant and have a bumper crop. In all these cases, OLIO is your best friend. You just upload your offer, with an image, and anyone can choose to claim it and take it off your hands. Less food waste in the home and more food heroes in our midst! Even better, you can now choose to pay a donation to FareShare as thanks for your free food.
At FareShare we have a network that allows us to take larger amounts of surplus food from the food industry. Through the help of our volunteers, we are then able to redistribute that food to charities and community groups who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. We love what we do, but it does mean that we’re not set up to take individual donations at a smaller scale. This is where OLIO comes in. With a peer-to-peer sharing model, they can help you to reduce waste in your own home. Our mutual mission to fight food waste across the board and provide accessible meals for vulnerable people makes for a perfect partnership.
App-users can also choose to make a donation to the charity Feedback, Feedback is an environmental organisation that campaigns to end food waste at every level of the food system. Their Gleaning Network takes volunteers into farms up and down the country to collect fresh fruit and vegetables that would otherwise be wasted and get it to people in need.
So why not grab a bargain, save the planet and make friends with a neighbour?!
For every 25p donated, FareShare can redistribute a meal to someone in need in your community.