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FareShare North East provides food for 738,192 meals in the community

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Changing Lives are proud to run the North East branch of FareShare. In recognition of World Hunger Day, we have released our 2017-18 figures.

Our impact

Last year, FareShare North East:

  • saved 305.83 tonnes of food from waste
  • provided enough food for 738,192 meals
  • supported 129 North East charities and community groups
  • saved the local charity sector £1,019,100
  • provided food for 10,569 people every week

This is an increase across all areas.

Who we help

FareShare North East provide food for meals at community groups and charities such as breakfast clubs for primary school children and lunch groups for the elderly. Manager Ben Lock said:

“Food poverty can happen to anyone, and it can happen quickly. The charities we provide food to support those who have lost their homes, left the Armed Forces and struggled to adjust, escaped violent relationships, fallen into drug or alcohol misuse or simply can no longer cook for themselves. Food is the connector – when it’s joined with the life changing support services provided by our frontline charity members, we know it’s the enabler to help get people back on their feet.”

FareShare UK

FareShare UK has 21 regional centres across the country and receives food from 500 food companies right across the food supply chain, including major retailers like Tesco and Asda, and manufacturers such as Kellogg’s and Nestlé, to redistribute quality food that has become surplus – often long before it reaches a supermarket shelf – because of forecasting errors, seasonal changes or damaged packaging.

Without FareShare food, one in five charities say they would probably or definitely have to close, while 58% say they would have to reduce the amount of food they provide, and one in four would have to cut back other services*.

Can you help?

FareShare North East are currently looking for vital volunteers to help run the service, including volunteer van drivers. If you’re interested, please contact Rebecca.Ball@changing-lives.org.uk

*Source: NatCen Social Research, Feb 2016. Online survey of 568 charities supported by FareShare UK carried out 17 Apr – 18 May 2015. The report is available at: http://www.natcen.ac.uk/our-research/research/saving-money,-improving-lives-survey-of-fareshare%E2%80%99s-community-food-members


FareShare appeals for volunteers across the country to help feed people in need

Category : News

FareShare, the largest food redistribution charity in the UK, is calling on food heroes right across the country to sign up as volunteers to help people in need in their local community. The call out coincides with the NCVO Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2018) which celebrates the contribution of the 23 million people who volunteer in their communities across the UK.

FareShare’s volunteering shout out is also being turbo charged this year by retail partner Asda, which is leading a store level volunteer drive as part of its newly launched Asda Fight Hunger Create Change programme. Customers will be greeted by Community Champions in Asda stores promoting all the different ways they can get involved, talking about their own experiences in volunteering and encouraging customers to ‘Share Their Time’ by visiting www.asda.com/fight-hunger. Here, customers will be able to find out more about the Asda Fight Hunger Create Change programme, watch inspiring videos* of volunteering and how to register interest in volunteering.

Volunteers help FareShare every step of the way, including collecting, sorting and delivering quality surplus food to thousands of frontline charities. Some volunteer a couple times a year, some every day. Regardless of how often they contribute, FareShare volunteers come because they care, and their contribution is essential.

Richard volunteers as a driver’s assistant at FareShare London:

“A week before, I was in a workshop doing a job I couldn’t hack any more but on my first day at FareShare I witnessed firsthand where food went – breakfast clubs, nurseries, rehab centres and homeless shelters. This is real life. This is where the food goes”.

FareShare can offer flexible volunteering hours and a wide range of volunteering and training opportunities, including sorting and stacking food in one of FareShare’s 21 regional centres, delivering orders, working from home to support FareShare’s social media or in an office liaising with charity members.

Bryan Precious, Head of Volunteering, said:

“Without our volunteers, FareShare would not have redistributed surplus food to make 36.7 million meals last year. We wouldn’t help feed 772,000 people every week. We wouldn’t have saved tens of thousands of tons of good food from going to waste.

“Whether you fancy brushing up your computer skills before returning to work, gaining a customer service experience to add to your CV, driving our all-important deliveries to the charities we support every day – volunteering at FareShare has never provided so many opportunities to be part of the solution to food waste and food poverty.

“The work of our volunteers has an obvious benefit to their communities, and in their own words, volunteering opens up all sorts of doors. In many cases, volunteers come for many reasons but they stay because they have fun, learn new skills and make friends.”

A volunteer at FareShare West Midlands, Josephine said:

“Volunteering and working at FareShare has had a very big impact on my life. FareShare has become my family. It’s funny, I think I’ve found my vocation at last!

“I’d never worked in a warehouse before but I went for my Forklift Truck license and passed it. I’m now doing my Level 3 Health and Safety and I’m also now doing a Diploma in Business Studies. FareShare has opened up so many opportunities for me, as well as massively increasing my confidence.”

Bryan said:

“Our volunteers oil and operate the largest machine fighting food waste and hunger in the UK. They may differ as much as the people they are ultimately helping, but they are all dedicated to helping us tackle food poverty and reduce food waste.

“At FareShare, volunteers are priceless. Come and join them.”


About FareShare North East

We fight hunger and tackle food waste across the North East. We supply 738,192 meals to people in need every year.

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