FareShare Scotland is the leading Scottish food redistribution charity, and part of the FareShare UK network, with four regional centres in Scotland dedicated to fighting hunger and food waste. We save surplus food from going to waste and redistribute it to frontline charities and community groups, which support vulnerable people across Scotland. By doing this not only help the environment by reducing the carbon and water impacts of wasting good to eat food, but we provide a lifeline to vulnerable people, including homeless hostels, children’s breakfast clubs and lunch clubs for older people. We work closely with the Scottish Government, Scotland Food & Drink, Zero Waste Scotland and Food & Drink Federation Scotland.
In 2019/2020, our four regional centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen distributed 2,690 tonnes of quality surplus food, collectively supporting a total of 806 charitable and community groups this year across Scotland. This tonnage is the equivalent of 6,406,878 meals to people and families across the country who need support the most.
FareShare Scotland distributes good quality surplus food to charities and community groups across all 32 local authorities in Scotland. Our regional centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen are a vital part of the FareShare network, which redistributed 57.3 million meals worth of food to people in need across the UK last year. Our FareShare Go service offers further flexibility, and has helped 692 charities in Scotland access free surplus food from their local supermarkets during the pandemic.
If your organisation uses food to support people, please fill in our form to sign up and receive food, and we will be in touch.
“WRAP has estimated that around 3.6 million tonnes of food surplus and waste are generated in UK primary production. Even if only 10% of this were suitable for redistribution it would be the equivalent of around 850 million meals a year. WRAP also calculate that 190,000 tonnes of surplus food that could be eaten goes to waste from retailers and manufacturers – meaning a likely estimate of at least 1.3bn meals a year going to waste that could be going to vulnerable people in the UK.”
We work with a wide range of suppliers across Scotland, from retailers to farmers, wholesalers to manufacturers, in order to get as much food as possible to the people who need it. Food safety is key to everything we do, and we operate to exactly the same standards as the food industry. Our food management systems ensure full compliance and traceability and our Regional Centres are independently audited every year.
We are able to take your surplus food and, with the help of our army of volunteers, distribute it safely and efficiently to frontline charities and communities groups. These groups will then use your food to feed the people in need in their communities, through community meals or food parcels.
If you would like more information on how FareShare can utilise your surplus food, please complete our web-form.
If you have any questions or would like to work with us, please contact [email protected]