2021/22 has been another challenging year. The amount of food redistributed annually is now 5,670 tonnes, and our food reaches over 67,000 people every week.
Last year our food helped frontline groups across the Midlands provide 13 million meals. A typical FareShare Midlands Member saves an average of £10,000 from their food budget each year, and over two-thirds say they have been able to make cost savings by receiving food from FareShare.
FareShare Midlands is the region's largest food redistribution charity. We have depots in Nechells, South Wigston, Narborough and Nottingham, with more than 80 hardworking staff and an army of 300+ dedicated volunteers.
65% of our Members are worried they might have to close over the next 6 months.
90% are worried about continuing to meet demand.
69% of Members are seeing new people access their services, and families with children are the most common group.
53% of people accessing support are believed to be in paid employment.
Each week we support around 500 charities and community groups across the Midlands, including community centres, homeless shelters and children's breakfast/school holiday clubs. These local organisations are feeding thousands of vulnerable people, still suffering the after-effects of COVID19, and now dealing with the impact of the cost of living crisis. At the same time, we are growing our Employability Programmes.
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