Our impact

2020/2021 has been FareShare’s biggest year yet. We helped 10,542 charities and community groups and 1,108,064 people were provided food supplied by FareShare.

The food we redistributed contributed towards 131.9 million meals and saved the charity sector £18.5 million.

Hidden carbon and water cost of food waste

If food waste were a country it would be the third largest emitter of carbon globally, yet the issue has been largely ignored in climate discussions at COP, according to food charity FareShare.

In the UK, food waste accounts for between 6 and 7% of total greenhouse gas emissions, with an estimated 2m tonnes of perfectly edible food needlessly wasted on UK farms and in factories every year, instead of being sent to charities and community groups.

FareShare Footprint Methodology Report

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More than meals

Our socio-economic impact report, carried out by NEF Consulting, confirms that by collecting food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to good causes, FareShare saves the UK economy approximately £51 million every year.

This means that by collecting food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to charity and community groups, FareShare creates approximately £50.9 million of social-economic impact each year. This is made up of £6.9 million in social value to the beneficiaries themselves and £44 million in savings to the State (i.e. to the NHS, the criminal justice system, to schools and social care).

Wasted Opportunity Report

FareShare is making a huge contribution to the resources of the thousands of community organisations we supply food to and to the services they can provide to their beneficaries. The NatCen report ‘Saving Money, Improving Lives’ demonstrates that, by receiving food from FareShare, these frontline organisations are better equipped to provide the adequate support to get people back on their feet.

One in five charities say they would have to close if FareShare stopped providing food

75% say they are better able to engage with their services users and provide them adequate support

Charities estimate it would cost them an average £7,900 a year to replace the food they get from FareShare

77% say FareShare food has improved the diet of their service users

53% of service users say their physical strength has improved and 52% say their energy levels are up

82% of services users that eating a meal at the charity makes them feel part of the community