FareShare’s work during pandemic recognised with 3 awards in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

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14 June 2021

FareShare, the UK’s leading charity fighting hunger and food waste, has been recognised for its vital frontline work to feed people during the pandemic in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, with an incredible three separate awards. CEO Lindsay Boswell receives a CBE, Head of Food Jo Dyson an OBE and former London Development Manager Rachel Ledwith an MBE.

“Rachel, Jo and I are all humbled to be included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. We are all agreed on one thing, though. Whilst the awards are only presented to individuals, this MBE, OBE and CBE are in recognition of the efforts of every single one of FareShare UK staff, our incredible national Network of delivery partners, the army of volunteers and 11,000 charities who make it happen on the frontline. We are proud to accept these awards on behalf of every single one of them.”

Lindsay Boswell, CBE

FareShare helps reduce waste across the food industry by redistributing surplus food through a national network of warehouses and 11,000 frontline charities.

Between April 2020 and March 2021 FareShare redistributed more than fifty-five thousand (55,000) tonnes of food to vulnerable people - the equivalent of nearly 132 million meals, or four meals every second.

During the pandemic FareShare was also asked to deliver two major multi-million-pound DEFRA grants to purchase food and get it to those in need. It also ran a highly successful campaign with its Ambassador, Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford, to help prevent millions of children who rely on free school meals from going hungry during lockdown.

FareShare’s former Development Manager in London, Rachel Ledwith, has been awarded Member of the British Empire (MBE) ‘for services to charitable food provision during the COVID-19 pandemic’. Rachel, who is now Head of Community Engagement for The Felix Project, spearheaded the creation of the London Food Alliance, to co-ordinate the emergency response to the Covid crisis in the UK capital.

Rachel Ledwith, MBE, said: “Whist I’m honoured to receive an MBE, this is as much about the work of all frontline charities who have been working flat out across London during the last year to help stop vulnerable people and families from going hungry. Our work goes on.”

Head of Food, Jo Dyson, is awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) ‘for services to charitable food provision during COVID-19’. Jo led the expansion of FareShare’s Food Team operations at the start of lockdown as demand for food soared. At the height of the pandemic FareShare was redistributing 3.6m meals every week. Jo also oversaw the purchase of emergency food provision through the two DEFRA grants.

Jo Dyson, OBE, said: “This honour is in recognition of everyone involved in supporting FareShare to deliver its mission for their outstanding commitment, dedication and hard work during the last year.

”Despite being an extremely challenging time for the food industry their support for FareShare was incredible and made our work possible.”

FareShare’s CEO, Lindsay Boswell is awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE) also for ‘for services to charitable food provision during the COVID-19 pandemic’. Lindsay predicted back in early 2020 the impact the COVID-19 crisis would have on vulnerable people and galvanised his management team to prepare plans for a crisis response ahead of lockdown.