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.
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 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