Surge in businesses donating food to charities.
FareShare, the UK’s biggest food redistribution charity, announced this week that since lockdown measures began it had seen a 25 per cent increase in the number of businesses signing up to divert surplus food to organisations that support people in need.
With the support of new and existing food partners, the charity said it had tripled the amount of food it distributes each week – and last week provided charities and community groups with enough food to deliver 3.2 million meals.
FareShare is a national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 17 independent organisations. Together, they take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups. The food they redistribute is nutritious, in-date and good to eat.
It reaches charities across the UK, including school breakfast clubs, older people’s lunch clubs, homeless shelters, and community cafes.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of new businesses getting in touch to divert their surplus food, or donating much-needed packets and tins,” said Lindsay Boswell, FareShare chief executive, warning that the months ahead could be difficult as the UK enters a recession.
“We’re gearing up to ensure we can continue getting food onto the plates of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities in the very difficult months and years to come.”
If you want to donate money, time or food - visit FareShare