UK’s largest food charity calls on public to sign food surplus petition


28 March 2018

Add your voice to the Feed People First campaign: sign the petition to #feedpeoplefirst

FareShare, the UK’s largest food charity, today launched Feed People First, a campaign calling for the public to sign a petition that could help deliver an extra 100,000 tonnes of good surplus food to charities across the country.

Every year at least 270,000 tonnes of perfectly good food is wasted in UK food production*.

This is because it can be more expensive for food manufacturers, processors and packers to redistribute good quality surplus food to the charities which support the 8.4 million people in the UK who go hungry than it is to send it to other processes of disposal.

FareShare Chief Executive Lindsay Boswell said: “It’s completely wrong that we have a situation where it’s cheaper to send thousands of tonnes of good edible food to anaerobic digestion plants or to animal feed, when there are millions of people experiencing food insecurity and regularly skipping meals across the UK right now.

FareShare redistributes just 5% of the available surplus food, but with that we help feed half a million people a week - so just imagine what we could do with 100,000 tonnes. This is what France already does, and we know we can do it here too.

We have the capacity, we know more charities want us to help them - we just need the Government to help us access the food.

FareShare is asking the Government to offset the costs of charitable food redistribution which could include re-packing, harvesting, transporting, storage and handling, so that 100,000 tonnes of food could be used for people in need. By doing this, UK charities could be saved £150m, savings which they could reinvest into their services and feed even more people in need.

“Food waste is something that no one wants, especially when there is a simple solution, so we urge everyone to sign the petition and help feed people first.”

Lindsay Boswell, FareShare Chief Executive

FareShare currently redistributes around 13,500 tonnes of good quality surplus food to nearly 7,000 charities such as hospices, homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs and women’s refuges.

Food becomes surplus because of over-production, packaging malfunctions, labelling errors, over-supply due to favourable growing conditions, unexpected changes in demand such or short shelf life. It could be from a grower, a manufacturer or a retailer – right along the food supply chain, and well before it gets to a supermarket shelf.

* WRAP figures, 2016 - http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/quantification-food-surplus-waste-and-related-materials-supply-chain

Will you add your voice to the campaign and sign the petition?

Help us tell the Government to get food to those in need.


Deadline is 3 May 2018

Read more about the #feedpeoplefirst campaign