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AO donates over 90 fridges to FareShare

3 May 2022

Online electricals retailer AO has donated 96 brand-new fridges to FareShare, which will help charities and community groups across the country to store fresh produce for those who need it.

“We’re extremely grateful for the generous donations by AO. The fridges donated will be given to some of the charities and initiatives FareShare supports. This will allow some of the surplus produce we distribute to have a longer life and support FareShare’s vision of a future where no good food goes to waste.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO, FareShare UK

Last week, the Zanussi under-the-counter fridges were delivered to FareShare Regional Centres in Kent, East Anglia and Thames Valley, before they were distributed to the local charity partners in these areas.

Due to changes to energy labelling, the fridges would otherwise have been recycled at AO’s recycling plant, despite being fully functional. AO reached out to FareShare, the UK’s biggest charity fighting hunger and food waste, to see if the fridges could support their mission to redistribute surplus good.

FareShare takes surplus good-to-eat food, which is unsold or unwanted by the food industry, sorts it in its warehouses, and passes it onto a network of over 10,500 charities and community groups. The charity groups and initiatives include food banks, hostels, refuges, pantries, community centres, older people’s lunch clubs and breakfast and after school clubs for children. The fridge donation will help to increase the volume of food that FareShare can accept from their food industry partners and store safely, ready to be turned into meals. With an A+ energy rating, the fridges will also be some of the least costly for the charities to power.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO, FareShare said: “We’re extremely grateful for the generous donations by AO. The fridges donated will be given to some of the charities and initiatives FareShare supports. This will allow some of the surplus produce we distribute to have a longer life and support FareShare’s vision of a future where no good food goes to waste.”

John Roberts, Founder and CEO of AO, said: “I’m so pleased that we could donate these fridges to FareShare, and that AO could play a small part in helping vulnerable people access vital sources of food. As a retailer, we’re always looking for ways we can help those around us and striving to make decisions that would make our mums proud – a big thank you to everyone who helped to make this donation happen.”