1 July 2020
Since the coronavirus outbreak FareShare has seen an incredible uptake in the demand for its food. To put things into context, over the last week alone FareShare has redistributed almost 1,400 tonnes of good quality surplus food, equivalent to 3.3 million meals.
“We love FareShare. There is a real "buzz" when the FareShare delivery is received, with everyone excited to see what is in the boxes.”
Julia Rodwell, Park End Primary School Headteacher
FareShare continues to take enormous quantities of stock from right across the food industry delivering it to almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups. Many of these groups have had to adjust their service to contend with the challenges posed by Covid-19. Lunch clubs have become parcel delivery services and social supermarkets are bringing groceries right to the doorsteps of vulnerable people.
Volunteers at these incredible organisations are finding new ways to check in on the people they support, using phone calls and socially distanced conversations to keep up with their ‘familiar faces’. One organiser told us recently that he has gone so far as to email the jokes he would usually tell at a weekly luncheon club to regular guests, many of whom have little, if any, other kind of social contact.
High quality, nutritious food
Despite adjustments to the services provided by charities and the increase in demand, FareShare has found a way to meet the needs of people across the UK while also maintaining the quality of the produce. In a recent survey of the charities supplied by FareShare the charity received a satisfaction rating of 9/10.
Park End headteacher Julia Rodwell said: “We love FareShare. There is a real "buzz" when the FareShare delivery is received, with everyone excited to see what is in the boxes.”
FareShare is committed to meeting high quality standards, providing as much fresh, nutritious food as possible, including plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Dianne Williams of Moat House Community Trust said: “We provide the food staples that families need at this time using FareShare food. We categorise food into different groups such as carbohydrates like rice, pasta and noodles and include fresh fruit and vegetables in addition to other essentials like milk and bread.”
FareShare is committed to tackling hunger and supporting vulnerable people across the UK. Follow the link to support our work in delivering quality produce to people in need during this crisis and beyond.