What is FareShare and how FareShare overcome food waste?

What is FareShare and how FareShare overcome food waste?

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There are lots of high quality of good surplus that go to waste. The question is how can we overcome this food waste? The main question arises is how to connect people that have more food to the one that needs food? Providing service or tool as a mediator in between two parties is needed in order to tackle food waste, fight hunger and reduce global warming. Fareshare is one of the mediators that distributes food from supplier to the people that need it the most.

 

FareShare is a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. The way Fareshare fulfill its aimed is by rescuing good quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to almost 10,000 charity and community groups across the United Kingdom.

 

In between, 2016/2017 FareShare rescued 17,000 tonnes of food which would have otherwise gone to waste or landfill. FareShare works with all sectors of the supply chain; producers, manufacturers, and retailers. All of the major UK food retailers have encouraged their suppliers to work with FareShare to minimise food waste. FareShare has also run two successful food drives with both Sainsbury’sand Tesco. In February 2018, the charity announced a three year £20 million partnership with ASDA and The Trussell Trust with the aim of helping more than one million people out of food poverty over the next three years.

 

FareShare contributed towards more than 36.7 million meals in 2016/17, which equates to feeding over 772,000 people a week. The food FareShare supplies enable the charity sector to make £28.7 million in savings per year. This food is delivered to a broad range of frontline charities and community groups across the UK including homeless shelters, day centres, women’s refuge centres, and children’s breakfast clubs.

 

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In 2010 FareShare won “Britain’s Most Admired Charity” at the Third Sector awards. In 2017 the charity won “Charity of the Year” at both the Charity Times awards and Third Sector Awards, and was selected for the Telegraph’s Christmas Charity Appeal.

 

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Why there are so many foods being wasted?

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There are several numbers of reasons why there are so many foods being wasted. From unconscious decision until the waste by choice. Reasons for food waste is various and came from a different angle. Here are some of the reasons why so many foods are wasted every day:

 

1. Waste by Choice

It involves the feeling of wanting to have a different kind of food at any time in our refrigerator without considering whether or not the food is needed. In other words, we might not necessarily want to waste food, but to fulfill our ‘unconscious need’, we waste the food we bought from the supermarket. Research shows that most of us will feel less guilty if we throw away food from the refrigerator after being kept for a few days or weeks. As of this reason, many foods from developed country is wasted from the house.

 

2. The size of our plate

What many people don’t notice is that the size of our plate, could to some extent, determine food waste. Since 1996, the size of a plate has increased by 36%. Unconsciously, this makes people serve more food, regardless of whether or not they need it. In consequences of that, many foods are being wasted from the plate as what is served is tend to be more than what is needed.

 

3. The myth of not buying the ‘only one item left’

Have you ever noticed that when there is only one item left in the supermarket section, for example, one banana left, people tend not to but it? The caused of it came from an unconscious belief that something is wrong with the food that is only left alone/one left. Therefore, the only item left in each section of the supermarket tends to be wasted instead of used.

 

4. Perfect shapes of the products

Related to the other point that was discussed earlier, some company would rather throw away the un-perfect shape of certain products instead of using it. This is due to consumer tendency not to buy products that have an un-normal shape. Hence, another food is wasted simply because the shape is not perfect.

 

5. Some people and/or company scared that they will get sued if they donate food

The myth is, some people and/or company scared that if they donate food that no longer for sale, they might get sued. When in fact, in the US, the people or company that give a donation in good faith is protected by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act of 1996. However, many people unaware of it and tend to feel the fear of the myth of getting sued for giving food donation that is no longer for sale.

 

 

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Disadvantage of food waste

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At glance, food waste doesn’t seem like a big problem. However, if we look deep into it, food waste has caused some serious damages. The number of food waste has increased quite significantly since 1976. In the UK, 13 billions of food go to waste each year. Meanwhile, in the US, 40% of food produced never gets eaten, meaning that 165 billions dollars worth of food is thrown away every year. It could fill 730 football stadiums every year! Seeing how many people in the world, or even within a particular country, live in hunger and malnutrition, this situation is inequitable. Within this, there are many disadvantages of food waste, this article with cover some of those including, environmental issues, morally unacceptable in the case of fighting hunger, and the was of labour, time, as well as natural resources.

 

1. Environmental Issue

Food that is wasted is bad for the environment. It increases global warming and climate change. Food waste, for instance, banana that is thrown to the landfill, will decompose without access to oxygen and creates methane (CH3). Methane (CH3) is 23 times more dangerous than carbon dioxide (CO2). Meaning that it could cause damage to the environment faster than carbon dioxide.

 

2. Morally Unacceptable – Fighting Hunger

Food waste is morally unacceptable as one people could throw away something that means a lot to the other. For instance, many people live in hunger and poverty, not being able to access food, while there are people that fortunate enough to have more than enough food every day, and somehow, managed to waste it. In other words, food waste is promoting inequality. This could be seen from a wider landscape, where one country has a very poor living condition and unable to provide food to the people, while in other countries, there are many surpluses that goes to waste – and also could be seen from a smaller landscape when it happens in one particular country. In the UK for instance, even the UK is categorised as a developed country and relatively wealth, there are still many people unable to access food and live in hunger.

 

3. Waste of Labour, Time, and Natural Resources

In both developing and developed country, most of the food waste came from the excessive amount of food production (surplus) that ended up being wasted, due to various reasons. In other words, food waste is not only bad for the environment and morally unacceptable, but also wasting time, labour and natural resources that are needed to produce the food. All of these things could be allocated for something else instead of for producing food that will end up being wasted.

 

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What is food waste?

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The simple definition of food waste is the food that is not consumed and therefore, has to be wasted somewhere else. There are different definitions of food waste from different organisations and state such as:

 

  • The United Nations defines food waste as removal of food from the food supply chain which is or was at some point fit for human consumption, or which has spoiled or expired, mainly caused by economic behaviour, poor stock management or neglect.

 

  • According to the European Union, food waste was described as ‘any food substance, raw or cooked, which is discarded, or intended or required to be discarded’.

 

  • Meanwhile, the United States sees food waste as ‘uneaten food and food preparation wastes from residences and commercial establishments such as grocery stores, restaurants, and produce stands, institutional cafeterias and kitchens, and industrial sources like employee lunchrooms.’

 

Food waste could cause serious damage, to the environment and the moral ethics behind it is not right. For instance, many people live in hunger and poverty, not being able to access food, while there are people that fortunate enough to have more than enough food every day, and somehow, managed to waste it. In other words, food waste is promoting inequality. This could be seen from a wider landscape, where one country has a very poor living condition and unable to provide food to the people, while in other countries, there are many surpluses that go to waste – and also could be seen from a smaller landscape when it happens in one particular country. In the UK for instance, even the UK is categorised as a developed country and relatively wealth, there are still many people unable to access food and live in hunger.

 

Fareshare, as a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK, has contributed towards more than 36.7 million meals in 2016/2017, which equates to feeding over 772,000 people a week.

 

 

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

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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.”


No waste here! We Supplied More Than 500,000 Meals Made From Surplus Food To Vulnerable People Last Year

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FareShare are thrilled to announce that last year, their North East franchise, which is run by Changing Lives, distributed enough surplus food to create more than half-a-million nutritious meals for local people in need.

FareShare North East receives good quality, in-date surplus food from manufacturers, producers and retail suppliers and redistributes it to almost 120 local frontline charities and community groups, including homeless shelters, women’s refuges and breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children. The charities then transform it into nutritious meals.

FareShare North East relies on the surplus food it receives from local suppliers, including All Good Snacks and Tom Walker & Sons.

Ben Lock, General Manager, at FareShare North East, said:

“It’s unbelievable to think we’re redistributing enough food to provide half-a-million healthy nutritious meals It’s an incredible achievement, and it’s all down to our valued volunteers and, of course, our suppliers. It really is a privilege to supply food to charities that make such a difference to people’s lives, and the fact that we’re making sure that good quality food goes to feed hungry people rather than being thrown away makes what we do even more worthwhile.”

One of the charities who benefits from the scheme is Cosy Crow Café in Gateshead. The community café serves home-cooked lunches to 25 older people on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week. Craig Bankhead, Development Manager for Gateshead Older People’s Assembly (GOPA) said:

“FareShare gives us an opportunity to feed people for considerably less. The customers really like the meals we are able to offer.”

With a growing waiting list of charities in need of food, FareShare North East is calling on more food producers, suppliers and catering companies to work with them to redistribute their surplus food. The charity are also looking for more local volunteers to help pack and deliver the food to the charities who need it.

 

Get involved by contacting Ben Lock: call 0191 278 1895 or email benjamin.lock@changing-lives.org.uk


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FareShare North East charity banquet at Blackfriars changes lives!

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Four Changing Lives residents undertook a nine day crash-course in cooking to pull off a four-course meal at esteemed Newcastle restaurant, Blackfriars, for 45 paying guests.

Over the course of nine days, Aaron, Andy, Jamie and Liam were trained on how to prepare an elaborate feast and given skills that would enable them to secure a job in a restaurant in the future.

Liam, 23, originally from Blakelaw, said because of his time spent at Blackfriars he would consider getting a job cooking or serving food.

He added:

“It’s a good experience. I would do this in the future.

It’s challenging because you have to interact with people you haven’t met before, also getting the plates while people are eating and trying not to be in the way.

It’s been really fun. A new life experience for sure.”

The four-course meal was held in Blackfriars’ banquet hall and the menu was crafted using ingredients FareShare, an organisation dedicated to limiting food waste, had in its warehouse,

“I have super inventive chefs here,” Andy Hook, owner of Blackfriars, said.

“We wanted to throw something else in the mix and actually get some people, some volunteers whose lives have been touched by Changing Lives to not only to prepare the food but to serve it.”

The courses included pheasant soup, breaded fish, curry chicken and a chocolatey dessert, which the men prepped, cooked and served under the guidance of Blackfriars chefs.

FareShare NE takes food rejected by supermarkets and donates the items to needy organisations and community groups. They currently support 96 groups in the North East.

The men involved in the banquet said they enjoyed the experience and the skills they picked up on their training.

Among the guests were council members, businesspeople from Barclays and Proctor and Gamble and other notable North East names, all who learned about food poverty and food waste.

In total, the event raised around £4,500 and funds went towards Changing Lives and FareShare.

This article was originally published in The Chronicle. Read the full article here.


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When skipping meals increases the waste

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Michael Shields, General Manager FareShare North East
by Michael Shields, General Manager FareShare North East

On Sunday 28th September, 50 or so people attended the FareShare Banquet at the award-winning Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle. Hosted by Blackfriars MD Andy Hook, the event raised £1,000 for the project and helped us increase awareness of food waste and food poverty. The banquet was prepared, cooked and served by clients of Changing Lives and their involvement enabled them to gain new skills and benefit from the experience of working in a restaurant setting. The clients made a huge contribution on the day, really enjoyed it, did it with a big smile and walked out of the door having enhanced their CVs. The win-wins continued as the food used on the day was provided by FareShare North East and originated from food companies that classified it as surplus… or in other words if it wasn’t for FareShare’s intervention it would have ended up in a rubbish skip.

FareShare does this day in day out and redirects surplus food before it goes anywhere near a waste disposal site…. food that has not passed it expiry and is perfectly safe and good to eat. We are not talking about Mrs Jones at 3 Acacia Gardens throwing out half a loaf of bread here ‘n there, rather a Mr Kipling wasting several pallets of apple pies…. commercial food waste.

It’s not surprising that food waste is an emotive issue as the UK Food Industry wastes 3 Million Tonnes of product each year. Or, to put it another way, enough to fill Wembley Stadium twice over. Whether the reason is incorrect forecasting, promotional lines, short coded product or cosmetically damaged packaging the fact is that ‘no good food should be wasted’ – and this is what FareShare seeks to do… to take an environmental problem of food waste and turn it into a social solution – fighting food poverty.

In the North East Region, FareShare redistributes approximately 20 Tonnes per month to 80 Community Projects that support vulnerable people. The projects supplied benefit from cost savings on their food bill and can plough that saving into other services and maintain or extend their food provision to their clients. More win-wins and all good stuff – but the scope for growth is enormous – as is the demand.

There are pockets of this country where 1 in 10 people have faced food poverty… where they have relied on family or friends for food, visited a food bank or worst of all – gone without. This at a time when the vast majority of commercial surplus food is still sent to landfill. So, imagine the difference only another 20 Tonnes of food per month could make… more cost savings to community projects, more disadvantaged mouths fed and reduced CO2 emissions as the food ends up on a plate rather than in a skip.


Merck donation buys chiller van to support food poverty

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FareShare North East, part of the charity Changing Lives, recently received a generous donation of $50,000 USD from Cramlington based pharmaceutical manufacturer MSD.

The large donation from MSD has enabled FareShare North East to purchase a chiller van which will make it possible for food to travel further distances, helping to reach more people at risk of food poverty in our community.

Michael Shields, General Manager FareShare North East, is extremely grateful to MSD for their kind donation.
He said:
“When we received the van we were able to offer all of our customers the opportunity to receive chilled and frozen foods. Previously, some customers received only dry goods as we did not offer temperature controlled distribution across all of our routes at this time. The van has enabled us to provide food to an additional nine new community projects from across the region. 280 additional disadvantaged people from the community projects benefit from our food deliveries on a weekly basis.”

National charity Changing Lives runs the FareShare North East franchise. Changing Lives provides specialist support for thousands of vulnerable people and their families, every month. FareShare supplies surplus food to hundreds of local charities across the UK. They ensure that good food is not wasted by turning an environmental problem into a solution, helping to feed thousands of vulnerable people every day. In the North East, FareShare received 223 tonnes of food in the last year from the food industry, 85% of which was surplus.

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MSD (known as Merck in the US and Canada), an international healthcare company, is committed to making a difference to the lives of people around the world. Starting at the corporate level, this commitment runs strong through the local communities where MSD operates business and production facilities. The company’s Neighbour of Choice program empowers and enables MSD employees to contribute directly to the well-being of the communities where they live and work.
Martin Inskip, Senior Director of Operations at MSD Cramlington said:

“MSD is delighted to be in a position to support such a wonderful organisation that does so much to help people in need in the North East. It is incomprehensible in this day and age that children and adults are going hungry and my staff and I have taken this charity and their work to our hearts – some of our staff have volunteered to work with FareShare in their own time and my management team have spent a day volunteering with the team at Newburn. It’s humbling to see the work done there and work with the other FareShare volunteers and MSD feel privileged to partner FareShare in this venture and wish them every success.”

Since its inception, the Merck Foundation, through which the Neighbour of Choice grants are managed, has contributed more than $740 million USD to support initiatives that address important societal needs in a manner consistent with MSD’s overall mission to help the world be well.

For more information about FareShare and Changing Lives, please visit: www.fareshare.org.uk and www.changing-lives.org.uk


Breakfast for Everyone Courtesy of FareShare

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FareShare North East, part of the charity Changing Lives, recently donated a large collection of food to support a breakfast club at The Dales School in Blyth. The food donation will enable the school children to start the morning with a nutritional breakfast, preparing them for the busy day ahead.

The Dales School was chosen by Cramlington based pharmaceutical manufacturer, MSD, as it is one of their partner schools where an after school science club is organised and delivered by MSD staff and the school is supported throughout the year on various projects by MSD.

National charity Changing Lives runs the FareShare North East franchise. Changing Lives provides specialist support for thousands of vulnerable people and their families, every month. FareShare supplies surplus food to hundreds of local charities across the UK. They ensure that good food is not wasted by turning an environmental problem into a solution, helping to feed thousands of vulnerable people every day. In the North East, FareShare received 223 tonnes of food in the last year from the food industry, 85% of which was surplus.

Barry Densham, Changing Lives, Project Manager for FareShare North East, highlights the importance of supporting people in the local community.

He said:
“FareShare North East has a significant impact with all communities throughout the region who we support with surplus food, not only from an ecological impact by saving perfectly good food that would otherwise go to landfill, but to ensure that those people in food poverty access food through various local organisations. In the North East alone there are over 100,000 children in food poverty so by supporting schools with surplus food we can help provide at least one meal a day for a child. Hopefully this will help to raise concentration levels in school, meaning a greater chance of improved educational results leading to better careers in the future.”

MSD recently provided FareShare North East with a grant of $50,000 USD from the Merck Community Foundation which enabled FareShare to increase the number and type of deliveries to charitable organisations throughout the region. As a thank you to MSD, FareShare offered to donate a FareShare food hamper to a Local Community Project of MSD’s choice, the project of choice being The Dales School.

The Dales is a school for primary age children who have Special Educational Needs. Hugh Steele, Headteacher, The Dales School, talks about the benefits of breakfast for the school children.

He said:
“Breakfast at The Dales School is a really important part of the day. Apart from the obvious benefits of starting the day with a full stomach, ready to face the challenges ahead, it gives our children the chance to socialise with their friends and adults. Children who attend The Dales come from a range of backgrounds. However, they all have Special Educational Needs and, as such, benefit from the opportunity to learn in a secure and therapeutic environment where they can be given time to focus on other important life skills as well as the academic development which must take place.

Mr Steele continued:
“Additional provision and opportunity such as breakfast and behaviour at meal times is additional to The National Curriculum and, consequently, expensive. When organisations such as FareShare and MSD recognise this and offer support, it is extremely welcome and we would like to thank them for their extremely kind donations which allow us to provide benefits that otherwise we could not provide.”


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