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.
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.