Latest statistics show increased demand for surplus food

26th October 2015

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26 October 2015

Fareshare is diverting more food away from landfill and helping to feed more people than ever!

From October 2014 to September 2015 we saved 7,961 tonnes of good surplus food – that’s 23% more than the year before. We delivered that food to 2,135 charities and community groups across the UK – that’s an increase of 25%. And those charities turned FareShare food into 16.6 million meals – an increase of 26% on the previous year.

But it’s about more than meals. The organisations we supply food to – from breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children, to homeless hostels, community cafes and domestic violence refuges – are places that provide life changing support, as well as lunch and dinner.

By making sure good food is not wasted, we turn an environmental problem into a social solution.

Lindsay Boswell, FareShare Chief Executive, says: “By working with more food businesses and diverting more surpluses we are able to support so many more charities. But there is still so much more to do.”

5.8 million people in the UK live in ‘deep poverty’ making it hard to afford essentials including food (Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2010).

3.9 million tonnes of food is wasted every year by the food and drink industry. We estimate 10% of this is surplus and fit for consumption, enough food for 800 million meals.

Come and volunteer at any of our Regional Centres and help #feedpeoplefirst!

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