Waitrose & Partners has worked with FareShare since 2017 to provide surplus food to those in need. In that time, more than five million meals have been redistributed to a network of 10,500 charities and community groups. The John Lewis & Partners Foundation has also funded FareShare’s warehouse and forklift truck training programme in Leeds since 2018.
Waitrose stores across the UK redistribute store-level surplus through the FareShare Go scheme.
Charities and community groups can register for the scheme and will then be matched with a participating store in their local area, allowing them to collect surplus food on a regular, weekly basis. They are notified about unsold food via the FareShare Go app, email or text message and can then collect the food free of charge to redistribute to those that need it most.
Since May 2020, Waitrose has delivered surplus stock from its Customer Fulfilment Centres in Enfield and Greenford, providing us with a range of excellent quality food. This food is then redistributed to our network of charities via our regional centres in London, Thames Valley, South Midlands, Brighton, and Southampton.
For Christmas 2020, Waitrose and John Lewis worked together to donate essential food, goods, support and money to FareShare to help us support those hit hardest by the pandemic. This activity was supported by the much loved John Lewis Partnership Christmas advert which can be watched here.
Continuing the campaign throughout 2021, the John Lewis Partnership launched Farm to Family, working with its famers and suppliers to redistribute much needed fruit and vegetables directly to FareShare.
The first phase of the initiative took place between March and July 2021 and below outlines some of the key figures:
In August 2021, the second phase of the initiative was launched with the aim of redistributing four million healthy snacks to children over the summer.
To find out more about the Give a Little Love campaign visit the John Lewis Partnership website.