What does FareShare do?
8.4 million people in the UK regularly skip a meal as they can’t afford to put food on the table. At the same time, 270,000 tonnes of edible food is needlessly wasted every year by the food and drink industry.
FareShare saves good food destined for waste and redistributes it to charities and community groups across the UK who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. The surplus food is fresh, of a high quality and in date.
Last year they redistributed enough food for 28.6 million meals. However, it’s more than simply meals. The organisations they supply food to – from breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children, to homeless hostels, community cafes and domestic violence refuges – are places that provide life changing support, as well as lunch and dinner.
By making sure good food is not wasted, FareShare turns an environmental problem into a social solution. They save food and change lives.
Thank you for your support
We’re delighted to announce that a fantastic £45,925.95 was raised for our nominated charity, FareShare, at the ACT Annual Dinner on 8 November 2017.
The funds raised will help FareShare provide over 190,000 meals for people in need in 2018, including vulnerable people at homeless shelters, children in school breakfast clubs and elderly people at local community centres. The funding will go directly towards the transportation of food between their 21 regional centres, leasing and fuel for their delivery vans which deliver the food to 6,700 charity partners UK-wide and support the development of the warehouse teams around the country to bring more food into the network and support more charities than ever before.
The ACT events team are very much looking forward to their ‘Food Hero Challenge’ volunteering day at FareShare this month.
How can you help?
FareShare has two types of volunteering options for groups.
Food Hero Challenge
A full day for teams of 4-6 people from 08.45 to 17.00.
Volunteers help on the front line of FareShare’s operation – loading vans, accompanying drivers to help deliver food to charity partners, sorting deliveries of food, and picking orders for the following day. The Food Hero Challenge takes place Monday-Friday all year round.
An afternoon session for teams of 6-12 people from 12.30 to 4.30pm
Volunteers help in the FareShare warehouse sorting and categorising surplus food that has been delivered, and help assemble charity deliveries for the following day. These take place Tuesday-Thursday but availability is limited.
These can take place at a number of our warehouses across the UK, with a particular need for volunteers in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Ipswich, Southampton, Manchester and Aberdeen. For these particular centres, volunteer days are highly beneficial as extra pairs of hands really help them increase productivity.
Should you and a team wish to volunteer, please contact Katie Greaves, Corporate Development Officer, FareShare at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7394 2469.