FareShare Midlands works in partnership with the UK's largest food redistribution charity, FareShare, to source and redistribute good quality, in-date surplus food which would otherwise have gone to waste. We turn an environmental problem into a social solution.
Each day we receive good-to-eat surplus food from the food industry. Last year we redistributed 5,670 tonnes.
The food arrives into our three warehouses, where it is sorted and stored by our dedicated teams of staff and volunteers. The supplies are then redistributed to charities and community groups across the Midlands, including community centres, homeless shelters and children’s breakfast/school holiday clubs.
These local organisations then turn the food into food parcels, delicious meals and affordable shopping for vulnerable people. Last year we delivered enough food to create 13 million meals. As well as food, the organisations we supply provide vital support to people often facing challenging circumstances and living in poverty. Find out more about the problem of food waste and hunger.
How it works
We take good quality, in-date surplus food...
The vast majority of food waste occurs in the supply chain before it even reaches the supermarket. Working with the FareShare network we save good quality surplus food from food retailers at both a regional and national level. In the Midlands this is over 5,670 tonnes per year and growing!
Our warehouses across the Midlands...
We receive deliveries of food every day at our warehouses, which our teams of staff and volunteers sort and store. In return, we provide employability support to our volunteers – our way of saying a big thank you.
And distribute it to charity members in our community...
Our staff and volunteers then redistribute this nutritious food to community food members across the Midlands. Community groups sign up to receive regular orders of food from us to cover their main food needs.
Who transform the food into nutritious meals for those in need
In the year 2021/22 we redistributed enough food for 13 million meals. The organisations we support provide vital services alongside food. They range from homeless shelters to women’s refuges, and from disability charities to school breakfast clubs, covering just about every area of support for vulnerable individuals and families.
2021/22 Annual Report
The trustees, who are also directors of the charity for the purposes of the Companies Act 2006, present their report with the financial statements of the charity for the year ended 30 June 2022.