FareShare works with hundreds of organisations across the food industry to obtain their surplus ingredients, using this food to supply our network of charities across the UK.
Here are a selection of delicious, cost effective recipes using surplus food, some basic ingredients, and requiring minimal fuss.
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- 96% of FareShare Midlands Charity Members are seeing the effects of the cost of living crisis
- 70% of Members are seeing more families with children among those new to their services
- 4.3 million children are living in poverty and food insecurity in the UK
- 139,000 children are living in poverty in Birmingham
As the region’s largest food redistribution charity, FareShare Midlands takes good quality surplus food from the food industry and redistributes it to around 500 Charity Members across the region - local charitable and community organisations who are tackling hunger, poverty and the devastating effects of the cost of living crisis.
"In term-time we usually have between 15-25 kids come in for a meal. This is a hugely deprived area – there’s lots of lots of alcoholism, unemployment and homelessness. Add in the devastating impact of the cost of living crisis and spiralling bills, and you have a very real situation that those children might well go without food if we didn’t support them."Paulette, Cape Community Centre
“The Pantry has grown a lot in the past few months. We started in June with 10 families and it’s now at 135 families. The rising cost of food, fuel, loss of income - it’s meant that people are continuing to really need support. We’ve way outstripped where we thought we’d be, but FareShare is helping us keep up… We get referrals from the nursery and local schools and support single parents from the playgroup. Older people living alone are coming too. People have cried when they come in. It’s relief. They are very grateful for what we do.”Karen, King’s Church – The Schofield Centre
“The biggest thing that hits me is that many of our members are people who are in employment. We have nurses and teaching assistants signed up as members, to name just two professions. Even though they are working as much as possible the soaring cost of living means they are still finding it hard to keep their heads above water and put food on the table”.Sarah, All Nations Community Grocery
“FareShare Midlands continues to work closely with regional food partners to redistribute as much local surplus as possible. Due to the current situation, we are only able to take on Members who can cook with the food supplied to them, or Members who are flexible and creative with the surplus food available. We welcome many more charities and other organisations to apply if they are cooking meals to feed the people in their local community. FareShare Midlands is now focused on being more efficient and lean, and working with our network of Members to ensure that collectively we can continue to support the growing numbers needing help across the region. Together, we are working harder than ever to tackle food waste and fight hunger.”Simone Connolly, CEO, FareShare Midlands
“Without the [FareShare Midlands] food we wouldn’t operate, we would quite literally fold. A lot of local people aren’t on social media, especially those who are a bit older. So, they wouldn’t have known about our wellbeing walks or our community garden if they weren’t coming here to get some support with groceries. We wouldn’t have as many volunteers if they didn’t come here to access the food. Without the food, there is no Burntwood Be A Friend at all. There would be a lot more poverty. We wouldn’t be a strong community like we are.”Steph, Burntwood Be A Friend