Albert Bartlett diverts 1,000 tonnes of potatoes to FareShare, supporting vulnerable communities through Covid-19 crisis

9 March 2021

Albert Bartlett has saved 1,000 tonnes of surplus potatoes from waste by diverting them onto communities in need using the FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund.

“Albert Bartlett has been working with FareShare since 2006 and we are delighted to be able to help out during the pandemic in particular.  Our jacket potato outlets, Spud you Like and The Great Potato, are closed during lockdown and we are very happy to redistribute the potatoes through FareShare's network.”

John Heginbottom, Albert Bartlett

The potatoes have been redistributed to charities across England and Scotland – such as homeless shelters and food banks - supporting those most vulnerable through the pandemic and providing the equivalent of an incredible 2,381,000 meals.

Produce such as potatoes are highly versatile and packed with vitamin C, potassium and iron, enabling FareShare’s network of charities to provide a healthy, nutrient rich food to those in need. FareShare welcomes this support from Albert Bartlett, which comes at a difficult and challenging time for charities working to fight hunger.

Teresa McGoldrick, Regional Food Officer for FareShare Scotland, said: “The team at FareShare Scotland are grateful for the enormous 1,000 tonnes of potatoes from Albert Bartlett in Airdrie. Now more than ever it’s crucial we ensure vulnerable people can access good quality, nutritious food – so we know these potatoes will be hugely welcomed by the many varied  community organisations we serve across Scotland and the UK, helping support thousands of people currently struggling to put food on the table.”

Thank you Albert Bartlett, you are true #foodheroes.