Tackling Food Waste and Fighting against hunger with FareShare

FareShare is the biggest UK charity fighting against hunger and tackling food waste. They take good-to-eat food surplus food, which is unsold or unwanted by the food industry and redistribute it through a network of nearly 9,500 charities and community organisations.

So how does it work? Larger quantities (pallets) of surplus food are taken to one of FareShare’s 31 warehouses located across the UK. An army of volunteers then help sort, store and deliver this food locally to charities and community groups, who are signed up to receive it.

Smaller quantities of unsold food in supermarkets (including Tesco, Asda and Waitrose) and from food-to-go outlets, are made available to local charities for collection through FareShare Go. Launched in 2015, this app alerts local charities about available food from nearby shops. FareShare Go now works with 3,800 stores across the UK. The charities and community groups which receive the food from FareShare then turn it into meals and food parcels for vulnerable families and individuals.

Nearly all (90%) of these organisations offer vital services and support (wrap-around-care) for people who are often vulnerable and struggling with issues including unemployment/low income, debt, homelessness, loneliness, family break up and dependency. FareShare helps these charities by tackling the root causes of poverty, not just the symptoms.

Cafea Uk Ltd work proudly with FareShare and they advise us our coffee products are very popular within the charity. In 2021, we sent 594 cases of coffee and in 2022, we sent 957 cases. We’re now three months in to 2023 and we’ve already sent 499 cases to FareShare for them to work their magic.

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