Case studies

Every week we provide food to 924,325 people who might otherwise go without. Behind this number are the stories of people whose lives have been changed, all starting with a meal made with food saved from waste.

We work with 10,943 frontline charities and community groups to make this happen. They take the food we save from waste and transform it into meals for vulnerable people. It’s about more than just meals though. These organisations serve up specialist support – as well as lunch and dinner – meaning that one meal can be the start of a life-changing journey. Here are their stories.


Children & Young People

22 October 2018

Ann Bernadt Nursery, London

Helen Dabreu is the chef at Anne Bernadt nursery in Peckham, and she’s passionate about great food. She cooks free lunch for 40 children a day.

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Andy eating beans at Millpond Primary Breakfast Club

15 May 2018

Millpond Primary School, Bristol

Millpond Primary School in Bristol tell us why receiving a regular supply of food from FareShare is so important for their school breakfast club.

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Windmill Primary School, Leeds, breakfast club

15 May 2018

Windmill Primary School, Leeds

Windmill Primary School in Leeds runs a breakfast club for up to 130 pupils every weekday morning using food supplied by FareShare.

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Prudhoe Castle First School, North East, breakfast club

15 May 2018

Prudhoe Castle First School, North East

FareShare provides a weekly delivery of food for the school breakfast club at Prudhoe Castle First School in Northumberland.

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Whitecotes Academy, Chesterfield, breakfast club

15 May 2018

Whitecotes Academy, Chesterfield

Using food from FareShare, the breakfast club at Whitecotes Academy in Chesterfield provides their pupils with the best start to the day.

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28 February 2018

The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Programme

The Prince’s Trust provides personal development opportunities to disadvantaged young people through the Fairbridge Programme. FareShare food provides essential nutrition for these students and opportunities to develop skills to cook healthy meals for themselves.

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20 July 2017

A brainpower boost for breakfast at Deptford Park School

We deliver cereals, bread, fruits and yoghurts to children’s breakfast clubs, who turn it into healthy breakfasts for pupils. One of these is the breakfast club at Deptford Park School in London. We went along to see it in action.

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Community

FareShare-LearningDisabilitiesWeek

24 June 2019

Learning Disability Week with FareShare

This week is Learning Disability Week (June 17 – 23), so we’re catching up with Café Leep. Tucked away on a business park in Leeds, the café is part of Leep 1, a group for people with learning disabilities in Leeds. The project runs an advocacy group, training sessions, and plenty of fun, sociable activities for its members.

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26 February 2019

Food for Life, Bradford

148 vulnerable people have signed up to Food for Life, a Bradford food and community project, since it launched just in July 2018. That number becomes even more staggering when including the dependents of service users, with the total number of people benefitting rising to 350.

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6 December 2018

Sandale Trust, Bradford

Sandale Trust is a community centre in Bradford. It runs a youth club for children and young people, events for children and families, provides benefits advice and support, as well as a community café, an older people’s drop in centre, lunch club and meals on wheels service.

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6 December 2018

Anson Community Shop, Manchester

Anson Community Shop is a ground-breaking new project in Manchester, which offers members of the local community the opportunity to buy healthy food at a greatly reduced price. It’s a lifeline for families and individuals on low or no incomes, for whom fresh fruit and vegetables have become a luxury.

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23 October 2018

Headway East London

Headway East London is a local charity supporting over 850 brain injury survivors and their families across 13 London boroughs. FareShare has supported this kitchen by providing Headway East with weekly food drop offs since July 2014 – delivering a range of fresh food each week.

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23 October 2018

Growin Spaces, Nottingham

Growin Spaces cafe is based in the economically deprived Nottingham city centre suburb of Sneiton. Operating out of a church hall, the café serves up delicious healthy meals to those on low incomes, single parents, older people and people with disabilities – bringing the community together over a delicious hot meal.

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Mary Needham at First Bite Community Cafe

1 September 2017

5 minutes with FirstBite Community Food Project

Mary from FirstBite Community Food Project shares how they use surplus food in their cooking workshops and community cafe.

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Disability

FareShare-LearningDisabilitiesWeek

24 June 2019

Learning Disability Week with FareShare

This week is Learning Disability Week (June 17 – 23), so we’re catching up with Café Leep. Tucked away on a business park in Leeds, the café is part of Leep 1, a group for people with learning disabilities in Leeds. The project runs an advocacy group, training sessions, and plenty of fun, sociable activities for its members.

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23 October 2018

Headway East London

Headway East London is a local charity supporting over 850 brain injury survivors and their families across 13 London boroughs. FareShare has supported this kitchen by providing Headway East with weekly food drop offs since July 2014 – delivering a range of fresh food each week.

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Families

24 June 2019

Kiddylicious supports Baltic Street Adventure Playground Copy

Glasgow-based charity, Baltic Street Adventure Playground, runs a community playground in Dalmarnock – one of the most deprived areas in the UK.  It’s a lifeline for local families, as not only gives the children a safe place to spend their free time but also provides them with hot, nutritious meals.

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10 June 2019

Kiddylicious supports Baltic Street Adventure Playground

Glasgow-based charity, Baltic Street Adventure Playground, runs a community playground in Dalmarnock – one of the most deprived areas in the UK.  It’s a lifeline for local families, as not only gives the children a safe place to spend their free time but also provides them with hot, nutritious meals.

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26 February 2019

Food for Life, Bradford

148 vulnerable people have signed up to Food for Life, a Bradford food and community project, since it launched just in July 2018. That number becomes even more staggering when including the dependents of service users, with the total number of people benefitting rising to 350.

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Mum Amina and Abdullah eating apples at Golden Hillock Holiday Kitchen, 2016, Alick Cotterill (2)

9 March 2018

Golden Hillock Holiday Kitchen, Birmingham

Using food from FareShare, Golden Hillock Holiday Kitchen is taking some of the stress out of the holidays by providing meals and activities for free.

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6 September 2017

Cooking up a storm with Central Street Cookery School

How one cookery school is making a difference to low-income families and older people living alone.

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A family supported by Ronald McDonald House smile at the camera, including mum, dad and son.

4 April 2017

Supporting families at Ronald McDonald House

We visited Ronald McDonald House to hear how FareShare food is supporting families with children in hospital.

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Homelessness

The Papercup Project volunteers supporting homeless people with food in Liverpool

31 August 2017

Supporting people sleeping on the streets of Liverpool

Based in Liverpool, The Papercup Project charity has been supporting homeless people with food and drinks for over a year.

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4 April 2017

Andy’s story

How surplus food is helping homeless people like Andy.

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Older people

TESCO Millman Street Resource Centre

27 February 2018

Millman Street Community Centre

Millman Street Community Centre in Holborn, London is a lunch and social club for older people. Each day, around 20 service users relax in a friendly environment and take part in a range of activities for all abilities and interests.

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Moorland Star community centre users sampled some new steak pies delivered by Fareshare Cymru and everyone said that they were delicious!

27 February 2018

Moorland Star community centre

Moorland Star is a community centre for older people, which helps to make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for people living in the Splott, Tremorfa and Pengam Green area of Cardiff.

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Ivy is in her 80s and comes to Millman Street Community Centre every day for lunch,

9 November 2017

The food is something to look forward to: Ivy’s story

Ivy is in her 80s and comes to Millman Street Community Centre every day for lunch, and to spend time with her friends.

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Chef Marcia lifts the lid off a large saucepan to reveal a colourful vegetable stew.

6 September 2017

The Pepper Pot Centre

Food is at the heart of West London’s Pepper Pot Centre. Each day at 12.30pm chef Marcia serves up a meal made from FareShare food to the Centre’s members, who are aged between fifty and ninety-four.

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The Cosy Crow cafe volunteers Charden, Massimo, and Angela in the kitchen

4 September 2017

The Cosy Crow Cafe asking customers to ‘pay as you feel’

Within a week of opening, The Cosy Crow Cafe had already gained regular customers. Their ‘pay as you feel’ meals – made using surplus food from FareShare North East – proved a big hit with the older community in Gateshead.

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31 August 2017

Forming friendships over lunch at Disabled People’s Contact

FareShare delivers food to hundreds of lunch clubs catering for older people across the UK helping them to provide healthy meals.

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Refugees and asylum seekers

Brushstrokes Community Project, supplied with food from FareShare, prepares meals for refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham

20 April 2018

Brushstrokes Community Project

A good meal and a warm welcome meets everyone who arrives at Brushstrokes, a charity supporting asylum seekers, refugees and the most vulnerable people in the Sandwell area of Birmingham.

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Claire, volunteer chef at Greenwich Migrant Hub, holds two cooking bowls of food as she smiles to the camera. One contains salad and one coronation chicken.

6 September 2017

Meet the chef: Claire at Greenwich Migrant Hub

We caught up with volunteer Chef Claire from Greenwich Migrant Hub to find out how she transforms surplus food from FareShare into magnificent meals.

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Volunteering

29 May 2019

Catching up with Ciara at FareShare Northern Ireland

We catch up with FareShare Northern Ireland volunteer Ciara

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4 March 2019

Catching up with Hussin at FareShare North East

We catch up with FareShare North East Volunteer Hussin.

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Women

29 May 2019

Catching up with Ciara at FareShare Northern Ireland

We catch up with FareShare Northern Ireland volunteer Ciara

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MaMay0080973. The Daily Telegraph. Fely, a service user (right) and Tanya, an ex-service user (left), are seen being taught to prepare food by catering manager Layla (centre) in the kitchen of The Marylebone Project, a women's refuge, in Marylebone, London, which benefits from the charity Fare Share. Excess food from supermarkets is distributed by the charity Fare Share to needy people such as the service users of the Marylebone Project, many of whom are vulnerable and homeless women. Fare Share is the UK's largest charity fighting hunger and food waste, and is one of this year's Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal chosen charities. Tuesday January 16, 2018.

7 March 2018

The Marylebone Project: providing refuge for women

The Marylebone Project is the largest women’s hostel in the country providing refuge for women who have escaped unimaginable hardship. The women come from diverse backgrounds, and their reasons for being here are complex. But in this kitchen, they find a common language.

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Ty Seren homeless project FareShare

7 March 2018

Homeless project Ty Seren supports single women using surplus food

Ty Seren is a homeless project that provides supported housing to single women between the age of 16 and 25. Located in Cardiff, the project offers a safe environment and support to woman who find themselves homeless for various reasons.

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Tomorrow's Women Wirral beneficiary enjoying food delivered by FareShare

5 March 2018

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW) offers support to local women aged 18+ who may have lost their confidence and feel isolated. This includes ex offenders, women wanting to improve their skills and gain some qualifications or those who just feel like dropping in and having a cup of tea and a chat in a safe, women only environment.

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