Our History

FareShare is the UK’s longest running food redistribution charity. We were born out of the belief that no good food should go to waste, especially when people are going hungry. This belief is as central to our work now as it was 25 years ago.



Homeless charity Crisis establish Crisis FareShare, co-founded with Sainsbury’s. The first depot opens in London and during the next 10 years Crisis FareShare expands by opening Regional Centres across the UK, including Brighton and Edinburgh, using a social franchise model.



FareShare becomes an independent charity in order to support its growth and broaden its remit, meaning more people experiencing food poverty (beyond homeless people) can benefit. FareShare London is launched with four more Regional Centres in operation in South Yorkshire, Dundee, Edinburgh and Brighton.


Launch of the current FareShare logo,  the apple shaped as a hand.


FareShare launches it social business arm to generate income from pallet fees charged to the food industry. New Regional Centres are established in Birmingham and Bristol.


FareShare becomes a strategic partner of the Food and Drink Federation and new Regional Centres open in Aberdeen, Newcastle, Leicester and Manchester.


The 10,000 pallet challenge is launched with the aim of increasing the levels of food supplied to FareShare by the food industry. FareShare takes part in ‘Feeding the 5,000’ an event highlighting the scandal of food waste.



FareShare wins ‘Britain’s Most Admired Charity’ award and, in partnership with Sainsbury’s, runs the UK’s biggest food drive – the Million Meal Appeal. The campaign wins IGD’s Third Sector Business Charity award. New Regional Centres open in Liverpool, Wales and Belfast.


Tesco run a national food collection with FareShare and the Trussell Trust and collect enough food for 2 million meals.

March 2013

FareShare reaches the significant milestone of supplying surplus food to over 1,000 charities.


FareShare opens new Regional Centres in Kent, Thames Valley and Southern Central.


With the opening of FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria, there are now 20 FareShare Regional Centres. FareShare Go launches, a digital platform linking charities with local stores who have unsold food left at the end of the day.


The opening of FareShare East Anglia brings the number of Regional Centres up to 21 and brings FareShare’s work to a whole new area of the UK. FareShare wins Charity of the Year at the Third Sector and the Charity Times awards.


In February 2018, FareShare partners with Asda and anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust to launch the Fight Hunger, Create Change programme, to get fresh fruit and vegetables into The Trussell Trust’s network of foodbanks, so they can increase the nutritional value of their food parcels.

In 2018, FareShare launches the ‘Feed People First’ campaign, in partnership with The Grocer. Its aim is to ensure it doesn’t cost companies more to send their edible surplus to good causes that it does to send it to landfill, animal feed or anaerobic digestion. In October 2018 Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, announces that a £15m fund will be made available to offset the cost of diverting surplus food within the supply chain to charities.


2019 marks FareShare’s 25-year anniversary of fighting hunger and food waste. The biggest charitable operation of its kind in the UK, in the 25 years since launching FareShare has provided food equivalent to 236.8 million meals – all provided to people in need via our network of frontline charities, and worth £179.9 million in costs avoided by the voluntary sector if they bought the same food and drink.

June saw the launch of FareShare’s Surplus with Purpose Fund, a new £3m fund which offsets the additional costs faced by the food industry for diverting surplus food to charities. Following the success of FareShare’s #FeedPeopleFirst campaign, DEFRA provided a grant of £1.9 million towards the fund, as part of their £15 million scheme to help organisations across England overcome barriers to get surplus food onto people’s plates.

Homeless charity Crisis founded FareShare with Sainsbury’s.

Volunteer Phil ready to deliver food at the launch of FareShare West Midlands.

FareShare takes part in Feeding the 5,000 in Trafalgar Square 2009.

A volunteer from a charity Ace of Clubs collects surplus bananas from a Tesco store. The bananas have been donated through the FareShare FoodCloud.