20 February 2020
February marks two years since the launch of Fight Hunger Create Change, our partnership with Asda and the Trussell Trust which is having a big impact for the communities we serve.
“Whilst we know surplus food will always be an inevitability, we want to make sure it always gets to people who need it most. Our partnership with Asda brings us closer to making this a reality.”
Lindsay Boswell, CEO
The three-year programme is enabling FareShare to fight hunger and food waste on an increasingly meaningful level, with investment in our infrastructure growing our capacity so we can accept more surplus food from the food industry – and in turn reach thousands more vulnerable people in the 1,900 towns and cities our network of charities serve.
So far, with support from Asda, we have opened five new warehouses, purchased 27 new vans and installed 13 larger, industrial chillers and four freezers across our UK-wide network. This investment has meant we’ve been able to recruit 1,790 more charities and community groups, including community centres, youth clubs and homeless hostels. As many as 191,000 people are accessing hot meals made from fresh surplus food each week – as well as the wider support services these projects provide.
We’re also tackling food waste at store level too. Through FareShare Go, Asda are now redistributing in date surplus food from hundreds of their supermarkets, with more than 2 million meals donated since 2017, all helping to feed people who might not otherwise eat.
Fight Hunger Create Change has enabled us to, for the first time, work in partnership with the Trussell Trust to deliver fresh fruit and veg to food banks – and we’re now serving 66 food banks across the UK. More than 63,000 people have so far received fresh food in their emergency food parcel, providing added nutrition to the typically ambient parcel as well as an increased sense of dignity for people in crisis.
Last year also brought the first You Buy One We Give One promotion in store. Over 1.1 million units of Warburtons bakery items were sold and as a result the equivalent amount is being donated to our Regional Centres – and we know this will be valuable for the charities we serve. The promotion is now being rolled out to chilled meat products and we expect 1.3 million units of sausages, burgers and Italian meatballs will be donated to help us feed people at risk of hunger.
This investment from Asda is needed now more than ever. With more than 8 million people in the UK struggling to afford to eat and over 250,000 tonnes of perfectly edible food going to waste within the supply chain each year, demand for our service has never been higher.
No one should ever have to make the choice between eating or paying their bills, especially when a third of the food produced globally goes to waste. And whilst we know surplus food will always be an inevitability, we want to make sure it always gets to people who need it most.
Our partnership with Asda brings us closer to making this vision a reality.