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Sainsbury’s supporting FareShare’s network of charities – City Harvest case study

1 June 2020

Food charity City Harvest London was founded in 2014 by a small group of people who knew that in London, one of the wealthiest cities in the world, many people regularly go hungry. 

“The food we have received from FareShare thanks to Sainsbury’s support has hugely helped us scale up our food deliveries - making sure that those in need have access to food.”

City Harvest’s Head of Communications, Fiona Carney

“We set a goal to connect all available surplus food with those Londoners who desperately need it most," explains City Harvest’s Head of Communications, Fiona Carney. "Our 300 charity partners include children’s programs, homeless shelters, refuges for those fleeing domestic violence, centres for at-risk youth, community meals for the elderly and those facing social isolation.” 

City Harvest receives regular deliveries of food from FareShare. This goes a long way to help supply City Harvest’s network of charities.

“City Harvest's aim is to reduce food insecurity across London by efficiently diverting nutritious, edible surplus commercial food from waste and redistributing it to organisations feeding the hungry,” says Fiona.

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sainsbury's, one of the biggest UK retailers joined forces with FareShare to tackle hunger across the UK - making a generous £3 million donation to help FareShare transport food to charities up and down the country. 

“The food we have received from FareShare thanks to Sainsbury’s support has hugely helped us scale up our food deliveries - making sure that those in need have access to food. Our community groups have repurposed and expanded in order to reach those in isolation,” says Fiona.

Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s Brand says:“Coronavirus has impacted everyone in the UK and it’s important that we support each other now, more than ever. We are committed to supporting our colleagues, customers andour local communities during this crisis. In addition to helping FareShare redistribute food, we are still operating our food donation points in 92% of our stores which support 2,250 food donation partnerships, ensuring food continues to go to people who need it most."