We won! FareShare scoops a Charity Award for work fighting food waste

Surplus oranges from AMT fruit

9 June 2017

We're happy to announce that last night FareShare scooped the top prize in the Environment and Conservation category at this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

There were celebrations (and dancing) all round when FareShare's Simone Connolly and Rachel Carless (right) were presented with the award at a ceremony at the Tower of London on Thursday 8 June, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin.

We were recognised for preventing more food from going to waste than ever before in 2016, doubling the number of community groups we support with food and providing a record 25.8 million meals for vulnerable people. This was partly thanks to:

  • The rollout of our FareShare FoodCloud scheme, which allows charities to collect food directly from their local Tesco.
  • Identifying that the largest volume of food waste occurs high up the supply chain at manufacturing sites and retailer distribution centres, we focused our work on these areas.

We couldn't have done any of this without the support of our partners, supporters, members and incredible volunteers, so a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all of you!

Above: Simone from FareShare East Midlands and Rachel from FareShare Sussex lead the celebrations!

What the Charity Awards say

Speaking about the win, Julian Chislett, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, said:

“We had a record number of entries this year, and the standard was particularly high, so FareShare should be very proud to have won their category. Their work delivers great results.”

John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said:

“The Charity Awards celebrate the inspiring work of people who make the world a better place. 

"The organisations we celebrate at these awards lead by their example in showing bravery and dynamism at a time when demand on charities is growing, society is becoming more divided and resources are becoming increasingly stretched."

Find out how you can help us do even more next year on our Get Involved page.