Unlocking more fresh surplus for frontline charities: G’s onions

11 June 2019

The team at Deptford Reach with their first onion delivery from G’s.

A huge thanks to our longstanding partner G’s, who have been working to identify even more fresh surplus for FareShare to redistribute to people in need.

In the two years since our partnership began G’s have already provided over 300k meals to vulnerable people, via our network of frontline charities. Earlier this year G’s invited us into their Head Office to talk to their teams about identifying untapped harder-to-reach surplus within their operations. As a result, G’s are now redistributing more fresh vegetables than ever before.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are vitally important to the 10,000 UK charities supplied by FareShare, which include breakfast clubs, domestic violence refuges and homeless hostels.

Drop-in centre Deptford Reach received their first delivery of onions from G’s last month. The charity supports those affected by homelessness, mental illness, drug or alcohol misuse and social exclusion.

Manager Catherine Cowling, said: We tend to chuck a load of the fresh veg into our soup as it’s a really good way to get veg into people who wouldn’t usually have access to healthy food. Because of the nature of some people’s mental health conditions they may not be eating properly, or getting that care elsewhere.

“We would definitely struggle without the fresh fruit and veg from FareShare, it makes a huge difference.”

G’s CSR Manager, Jacob Kirwan said “Since starting our work with FareShare in 2016, not only have we been able to provide people in need with healthy fresh produce from G’s, our collaboration with FareShare has enabled us to overcome barriers to donating surplus produce in the wider industry, such as equipment hiring and logistic planning. This has meant that more people can access fresh food across the sector and has helped G’s to manage our surplus produce better. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship and helping with this vital social and environmental cause in future”

If you would like to talk to someone about identifying additional surplus in your operations contact food offers on [email protected] or 020 7064 8911.

“Our collaboration with FareShare has enabled us to overcome barriers to donating surplus produce in the wider industry, such as equipment hiring and logistic planning.”