FareShare has fundraised nearly £3m to support the food industry with the costs of keeping surplus food fresh so it can be redistributed via our UK-wide network of 11,000 charities. Defra has provided a grant of £1.9 million towards this fund, as part of their £15 million scheme launched in January by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, to help redistribution organisations across England to help overcome barriers to getting food currently going to waste onto people’s plates
The fund is open to new companies as well as companies who already work with FareShare and are looking to redistribute new surplus food – particularly product or raw materials found further up the food supply chain or that are seen as ‘harder to reach’ i.e. not in ready redistributable format.
It is open to growers, farmers, producers, pack houses, processors, co-packers, importers, wholesalers and retailers across the UK working with brand or own brand product It is not open to restaurants with surplus, previously cooked, food that requires reheating as FareShare do not redistribute food of this nature to charities. It is open to food service suppliers, or restaurant chains seeking to redistribute surplus raw materials or ready to eat food typically found further up the supply chain, before it is delivered to restaurant outlets.
Companies could be eligible for up to £50,000* worth of funding – and greater sums can be negotiated where appropriate for high volumes of surplus food. Any financial contribution made by FareShare towards the cost of surplus food redistribution is subject to negotiation and final agreement of the value in writing between FareShare and the recipient.
The FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund will offset any costs that arise from diverting edible surplus food to human consumption as and when surplus occurs. Food must be genuine surplus that would not otherwise have been sold for human consumption.
Some of the costs the fund can cover are: