The Charity

About FareShare

FareShare is the UK’s biggest charity fighting hunger and food waste.

It takes surplus good-to-eat food, which is unsold or unwanted by the food industry, sorts it in one of its 30 regional warehouses, and passes it onto a network of more than 10,500 charities and charity groups.

These organisations then turn this nutritious food into meals for vulnerable families and individuals, many of whom are at risk of hunger, and struggling with unemployment, low income, debt, homelessness, family break up, dependency or other issues.

Two thirds of people accessing FareShare food are children and families.

Food waste and hunger in the UK

  • 2m tonnes of good-to-eat food is wasted across the food industry each year.
  • At the same time, an estimated 8 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat.
  • That 2m tonnes of food would make 1.3bn meals, enough for 162 meals for every one of those 8 million people trapped in food insecurity.

Key FareShare stats

  • During 2020/21, FareShare redistributed more than 55,000 tonnes of food to people at risk of hunger.
  • That’s the equivalent of nearly 132 million meals, or 4 meals every second.
  • FareShare supplied an average of more than 2.5m meals every week in 2020-/21, double the amount it redistributed in 2019- 20 (just over 1m)
  • Each of the 10,500 organisations in FareShare’s network received an average of 5.2 tonnes of food — the equivalent of 12,530 meals — a staggering increase of 139%, compared to 2019-20.
  • 20,000 tonnes – more than a third (37%) of the food now redistributed via FareShare comes from its pioneering Surplus with Purpose scheme.
  • Surplus with Purpose works with small scale farmers, growers and producers to help cover the costs of redistributing unsold food, rather than let it rot in the ground, used for anaerobic digestion or sent for landfill.

FareShare and the Pandemic

  • FareShare redistributed 132 million meals — 4 meals every second – during the crisis.
  • It doubled its work during the pandemic, supplying an average of 2,538,276 meals every week in 2020/21 (in 2019/20, it was 1,097,147 meals.)
  • At the peak of the crisis, it was redistributing 3 million meals each week.
  • Nine in ten of the  10,500 charities and community groups FareShare supports say they have seen unprecedented demand for food throughout the pandemic.
  • Before the pandemic, 10% of the charities FareShare supports were foodbanks. That rose to nearly 50% during the crisis.