FareShare, UK’s largest food redistribution charity, welcomes Government grant to tackle food waste

8 May 2019

More food will go to charities supporting vulnerable people

FareShare has today warmly welcomed the launch of a new Government fund that aims to substantially reduce food waste from businesses. The fund will make it easier and more affordable for businesses to send their surplus to charities, rather than diverting food which is still good to eat to energy generation, composting or animal feed.

Four redistribution organisations — including FareShare – will receive £4 million in funding through the first tranche of a £15 million scheme.

FareShare is the UK’s largest food redistribution charity, redistributing surplus food though a network of more than 10,000 charities and community groups via 21 centres covering the UK. The new funding means that FareShare will be able to redistribute an additional 18 million meals, saving charities thousands of pounds which they’ll then be able to reinvest in their vital services.

Lindsay Boswell, FareShare’s Chief Executive said: “We are so pleased that FareShare will be able to take a major step forward in our aim to allow no good food to go to waste. The vast majority of the surplus food is found in the ‘supply chain’ of factories, packing houses, even going back to the farms themselves. We aim to use this fund to make it cost no more to divert this food to FareShare than any other form of disposal and are calling on the food industry to step up and help us as the UK takes a major step towards reducing food waste.”

“We are calling on the food industry to step up and help us as the UK takes a major step towards reducing food waste”