Case studies

Every week we provide food to 484,376 people who might otherwise go without. Behind this number are the stories of people whose lives have been changed, all starting with a meal made with food saved from waste.

We work with 6,723 frontline charities and community groups to make this happen. They take the food we save from waste and transform it into meals for vulnerable people. It’s about more than just meals though. These organisations serve up specialist support – as well as lunch and dinner – meaning that one meal can be the start of a life-changing journey. Here are their stories.

Children & Young People

20th July 2017

A brainpower boost for breakfast at Deptford Park School

We deliver cereals, bread, fruits and yoghurts to children’s breakfast clubs, who turn it into healthy breakfasts for pupils. One of these is the breakfast club at Deptford Park School in London. We went along to see it in action.



Mary Needham at First Bite Community Cafe

1st September 2017

5 minutes with FirstBite Community Food Project

Mary from FirstBite Community Food Project shares how they use surplus food in their cooking workshops and community cafe.



6th September 2017

Cooking up a storm with Central Street Cookery School

How one cookery school is making a difference to low-income families and older people living alone.


A family supported by Ronald McDonald House smile at the camera, including mum, dad and son.

4th April 2017

Supporting families at Ronald McDonald House

We visited Ronald McDonald House to hear how FareShare food is supporting families with children in hospital.



The Papercup Project volunteers supporting homeless people with food in Liverpool

31st August 2017

Supporting people sleeping on the streets of Liverpool

Based in Liverpool, The Papercup Project charity has been supporting homeless people with food and drinks for over a year.


4th April 2017

Andy’s story

How surplus food is helping homeless people like Andy.


Older people

Ivy is in her 80s and comes to Millman Street Community Centre every day for lunch,

9th November 2017

The food is something to look forward to: Ivy’s story

Ivy is in her 80s and comes to Millman Street Community Centre every day for lunch, and to spend time with her friends.


Chef Marcia lifts the lid off a large saucepan to reveal a colourful vegetable stew.

6th September 2017

The Pepper Pot Centre

Food is at the heart of West London’s Pepper Pot Centre. Each day at 12.30pm chef Marcia serves up a meal made from FareShare food to the Centre’s members, who are aged between fifty and ninety-four.


The Cosy Crow cafe volunteers Charden, Massimo, and Angela in the kitchen

4th September 2017

The Cosy Crow Cafe asking customers to ‘pay as you feel’

Within a week of opening, The Cosy Crow Cafe had already gained regular customers. Their ‘pay as you feel’ meals – made using surplus food from FareShare North East – proved a big hit with the older community in Gateshead.


31st August 2017

Forming friendships over lunch at Disabled People’s Contact

FareShare delivers food to hundreds of lunch clubs catering for older people across the UK helping them to provide healthy meals.


Refugees and asylum seekers

Claire, volunteer chef at Greenwich Migrant Hub, holds two cooking bowls of food as she smiles to the camera. One contains salad and one coronation chicken.

6th September 2017

Meet the chef: Claire at Greenwich Migrant Hub

We caught up with volunteer Chef Claire from Greenwich Migrant Hub to find out how she transforms surplus food from FareShare into magnificent meals.



5th year volunteering anniversary for Margaret at FareShare

17th January 2018

Celebrating Margaret’s five year volunteering anniversary!

Margaret retired in 2010 and for the past five years has spent one day a week volunteering at our lively London warehouse. The retiree looks back over her volunteering experience at FareShare and tells us what has made her come back.


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