Scottish Government boosts investment in FareShare

23 January 2019

The Scottish Government has announced an additional £500,000 will be awarded to FareShare Scotland, to step up their redistribution of surplus food around the country.

This is in addition to the Scottish Government’s Fair Food Fund which was established to tackle food insecurity. As part of this, the government is doubling its investment in FareShare Scotland over the next two years. FareShare Scotland currently supply more than 500 charities, including breakfast clubs for children, lunch clubs for older people, drug and alcohol units, homeless hostels and domestic violence refuges, saving the voluntary sector over £3m a year. The £500,000 will help FareShare Scotland reach more charities in isolated and rural areas.

FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell said: “This vital funding means we’ll be able to get greater quantities of good quality, nutritious surplus food into our existing network of almost 500 Scottish charities, as well as extending our reach to more frontline organisations supporting those in need – in particular those in isolated or rural communities. We’ll continue to work with the food industry to divert in-date surplus – getting more good food to good causes.”

“This vital funding means we’ll be able to get greater quantities of good quality, nutritious surplus food into our existing network of almost 500 Scottish charities, as well as extending our reach to more frontline organisations supporting those in need”

Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO