Vote for FareShare and Reduce Food Waste whilst Feeding People in Need

Posted on 03 Aug 2022 by Emily Atkinson-Dalton

FareShare South West is the region’s largest food redistribution charity. We save hundreds of tonnes of good surplus food each year from right across the food supply chain and redistribute it to over 400 schools, charities, and community groups across the South West. These settings provide meals as part of their services to people in need – such as children’s breakfast clubs, day clubs for older people, domestic violence refuges, homeless shelters and drug and alcohol rehab units. 

With the amount of food waste in the UK reaching huge 9.5 million tonnes every year, FareShare  South West are working to reduce food waste whist also supporting the 8.4 million people in the UK living in food poverty.  With a focus on the South West and supporting local charities, schools and community groups, FareShare South West ensure that surplus food can be distributed to people of all ages experiencing hunger and poverty.


What Does FareShare South West Do?

● FareShare South West fights hunger while tacking food waste. We do this by redistributing in-date, good quality, surplus food from right across the food chain to the frontline charities and organisations who work with the most vulnerable.

● FareShare South West, an independent part of the FareShare UK network, is the largest food redistribution charity in the region. They work with front-line charities, schools and community groups to ensure surplus food reaches those that need it most in our communities.

● Every year 250,000 tonnes of food which is processed, packaged and ready-to-eat is wasted by producers, manufacturers and retailers in the UK supply chain for reasons ranging from inaccurate demand forecasting, packaging errors, damage in transit or retailer rejections. FareShare South West provides a flexible and easy way of working together to ensure good quality surplus food never reaches a bin.


What Did FareShare South West Achieve in 2021?

  • 2041 tonnes of food saved and redistributed

  • We provided food for 4,860,844 meals

  • We saved our charity partners an estimated £5 million in food cost

  • Supported Over 400 charities, schools and community groups 

  • Over 50,000 vulnerable people were helped


How Can I Support FareShare South West?

FareShare South West are taking part in our charity poll this August, so the easiest way to support this worthy cause is by casting your free vote for them in the poll. However, you can also support them by sending them a donation, volunteering at your local FareShare South West location or fundraising for them. 

There is also the opportunity for you to become a food friend, which is a monthly donation to help fight against hunger and food waste from just £5 a month.

Last, but certainly not least, if you are a food company who can donate your surplus food then they want to hear from you. They accept regular food donations as well as one off donations, and all you need to do is pop them a message and they will get in contact with you about donating your surplus food.


How Can I Contact FareShare South West?

If you want to find out more about the work they do, or see what other ways you can get involved, you can get in touch with the team by email at [email protected] or by giving them a call on 0117 9542220. If you are a charity, community project or school that provides a food service, you can also get help from FareShare South West to provide your organisation with food. Apply online to sign up your organisation.

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