We continue a full national operation to get food to vulnerable people during the Covid-19 crisis.

Getting Food

At FareShare, we save good food from going to waste. We redistribute surplus food from some of the UK’s top food companies to more than 10,500 charities and community groups. If your organisation uses food to support people, then you can sign up to receive food too.

We offer two options for getting food – a paid for service with a FareShare Community Food Membership or the opportunity to collect free surplus food from your local supermarket through FareShare Go.

Register your interest in receiving food from FareShare and one of our team will be in touch to assess your needs.


FareShare Community Food Membership

When you become a FareShare Community Food Member, you will be linked with one of our Regional Centres and they will work with you to manage your membership and provide the food to you. Our Regional Centres charge members a nominal fee to cover operational costs. The food you will receive has become surplus before it has hit supermarket shelves and could be from a grower, a manufacturer or a retailer’s distribution centre. 

Our members estimate that if they had to replace the food they receive through their FareShare membership, it would cost them an additional £7,900 per year on average. 

Benefits of Community Food Membership include:

  • Choose how much and what type of food you receive
  • Get a regular supply of food
  • We will support you on food safety
  • We provide volunteer opportunities


FareShare Go

FareShare Go provides charities and community groups with direct access to surplus food from local supermarkets, including Tesco, ASDA and Waitrose & Partners.

The food is good quality food that can no longer be sold for a variety of reasons, such as damaged packaging or a short-shelf life. This doesn’t have an impact on the standard or safety of the food items available. Food available often includes bread, eggs and fresh fruit. It will always be within its use by date and is perfectly good to eat.

Since launching the scheme in 2015, we have already connected over 7,500 charities with more than 3,500 stores across the UK.

Benefits of FareShare Go include:

  • Direct regular access to supermarket surplus food items
  • No cost implications for your organisation
  • Opportunity to build a relationship with your local supermarket


Can my organisation receive food?

In order to receive food, your organisation must demonstrate that you are fit to provide a safe food service to your users. Don’t worry, we can help you reach these standards if you are not quite there yet. 

You must: 

  • Register with the Environmental Health Office (EHO)
  • Be equipped to safely receive, store, prepare and serve or redistribute food
  • Staff supervising food handling and preparation must hold the IEHO Basic Food Hygiene Course Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Staff and volunteers handling food must be trained to do so safely
  • Adhere to food safety legislation and current good practice