The food we take

Surplus food can occur in your business for a wide range of reasons and we are here to help when it does. We can accept and use any stock that is food safe, as our warehouses are equipped with chillers, freezers, and ambient storage.

We are always on the lookout for quality food to supply to the charities and community groups we support. Whether you have a pallet worth or a warehouse full, please get in touch.

How does it work?

We Can Accept Your

  • Packaging / labelling errors
  • Forecasting errors
  • Stock below MLOR (48 hours minimum life on receipt by FareShare)
  • Fruit & veg past BBE
  • Stock past BBE subject to manufacturer’s extension letter
  • Quality rejections – ‘out of spec’
  • Unfinished products
  • Bulk ingredients for manufacturing
  • Lines no longer being retailed
  • Samples and NPD’s
  • Foreign label stock
  • Damages
  • Seasonal stock
  • Retailer branded food – authorisations from major retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Asda

Types of Food we Can Accept

  • Meat, fish, eggs and dairy products
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Chilled food, such as ready meals or drinks
  • Frozen food, or chilled food that has been blast frozen
  • Ambient goods, such as pasta, tins and cereals
  • Bakery

Types of Food we Cannot Accept

  • Alcohol
  • Food that has been warmed or prepared, such as buffet or event food
  • Food that has exceeded its use-by. Please note, we may be able to accept food if it has passed its best-before date, if the manufacturer can guarantee that the product will still be acceptable to the consumer and that texture and flavour have not been unacceptably compromised.

We are designed to work with the food industry and deal in bulk volumes. If you are an individual with some food to donate, you might wish to contact a local food bank or use food sharing app Olio.

FareShare’s Guidance on Wild Game

FareShare can accept wild game providing it meets EU standards for human consumption.

Following FSA advice, we are unable to redistribute game to charities where pregnant women or women trying for children, toddlers or children are being fed.

Wild game products must always be accompanied by on-pack labelling guidance regarding frequency of use and suitable consumers.