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FareShare is full of beans, thanks to Barfoots of Botleys

4 March 2020

  • Barfoots of Botleys have now diverted enough surplus veg to help create over 210,000 meals for vulnerable people
  • They used food charity FareShare’s Surplus with Purpose Funding to cover the labour costs involved in packing surplus green beans, which are then sent out to charities like homeless hostels, older people’s lunch clubs and community centres

Vegetable grower Barfoots of Botley have stepped up their support for FareShare, thanks to the charity’s Surplus with Purpose Fund, which covers the additional labour costs involved in packing their leftover green beans. The beans will then redistributed through FareShare’s network of frontline charities, including homeless hostels, older people’s lunch clubs and community centres.

“By working with FareShare we are able to act on more opportunities to redistribute food. Previously we would have taken a business decision to send to our AD plant if the associated costs to prepare the waste was too costly. With the support from FareShare we can be more creative with waste streams and how these can be utilised to increase value and contribute to our food waste reduction targets and commitment to Courtauld 2025.”

Keston Williams, Technical Director at Barfoots

Barfoots began regularly diverting their surplus food to FareShare in 2015 - including squashes, courgettes, and cooking ingredients. However, after learning about the FareShare Surplus With Purpose Fund in January 2020, they were able to dramatically increase the amount of food they send to charities and community groups by offsetting the additional overhead costs involved in packing up their surplus green beans. In January alone they provided 25 tonnes of beans, enough to help create almost 60,000 meals.

Defra has provided a grant of £1.9 million towards the FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund, as part of their £15 million scheme launched in January to help redistribution organisations across England to help overcome barriers to getting food currently going to waste onto people’s plates.

Keston Williams, Technical Director, Barfoots, said: “By working with FareShare we are able to act on more opportunities to redistribute food. Previously we would have taken a business decision to send to our AD plant if the associated costs to prepare the waste was too costly. With the support from FareShare we can be more creative with waste streams and how these can be utilised to increase value and contribute to our food waste reduction targets and commitment to Courtauld 2025.”

FareShare’s Head of Food, Jo Dyson, said: “Fresh fruit and veg is incredibly valuable to our charities, particularly those supporting children and families who may struggle to access fresh fruit and veg and achieve their recommended 5 A Day. We’re extremely grateful for Barfoot’s continuing support which will make the world of difference to vulnerable families.”

Find out more about the FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund.