What we do
Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of good food is wasted by the UK food industry every year. At the same time, millions of people are struggling to afford to eat.
Our work addresses these two issues by redistributing food industry surplus which would otherwise be wasted, to the people that need it most.
We provide food to charities and groups that deliver services in addition to meals, such as advice and guidance, health support, counselling and befriending, to help break the cycle of poverty and use food as a vehicle for good above and beyond alleviating hunger.
In 2019-20 we:
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we have seen an unprecedented demand for our service which we have been able to meet thanks to the hard work of our team of staff and volunteers, emergency response funding and the support of the community. We tripled the amount of food we deliver on a monthly basis in the height of the response: in July alone this provided enough food for 380,952 meals.
What our charity members tell us
“Without FareShare there would be greater poverty and hunger for our service users, including children going without meals.”
“It’s wonderful to work with a local volunteer-led organisation to support our volunteer led service. It really shows the power of people in a community coming together to support each other.”
“FareShare Sussex is made of real people, doing extraordinary work.”
The food we receive comes from all along the industry supply chain, from farms and manufacturers to wholesalers, supermarkets and local bakeries. It is all good quality, in-date food that is surplus for a variety of reasons such as changes in packaging, incorrect forecasting or labelling errors. We also receive donated food from individuals via supermarket collection points, and since Covid, have received high volumes of ‘bought in’ non-surplus food through national funding to meet the sudden increase in need.
The harmful gases released into the atmosphere by food waste is a major contributor to the climate crisis and FareShare ensures this good-to-eat food is not only saved from landfill but given to people who may otherwise be going without.
Alongside our work tackling hunger and food waste, we are committed to improving lives through the provision of volunteering opportunities with a difference. We encourage people that are furthest from the job market to join our team, gain insight and experience into a work environment in a fun, safe, non-judgemental way.
We have structures in place including our new support hub CareShare, hot meals on site, free training and personalised support to ensure people can thrive. We simply could not carry out our work without our dedicated team of volunteers, and it is so important to us to support their development. We are proud to say that the majority of our warehouse staff have been recruited from our volunteer team.
Volunteering here has given me more opportunities and skills than I ever thought I’d achieve – things like social interaction are important to me…I feel very supported.Calvin, warehouse volunteer since 2016
If you are interested in volunteering with us find out more here.