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 24 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.

Three parked vans with the FareShare and Crisis logos on the side

Homeless charity Crisis founded FareShare with Sainsbury’s.

Volunteer Phil carries a box of surplus bread in front of a FareShare van

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

FareShare staff and volunteers stand behind a large pile of surplus vegetables with the National Gallery in the background.

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

A Tesco staff member and charity volunteer pulls a trolley of surplus bananas through a Tesco store

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