Forget what you call it, food is food

You'll be amazed at just how good our 'surplus food' is!

Surplus food exists for a wide range of reasons – and FareShare East Midlands is here to help when it does. We can accept and use any stock that is food safe, as our warehouses are equipped with chillers, freezers, and ambient storage.

We are always on the lookout for quality food to supply to the charities and community groups we support. Whether you have a pallet worth or a warehouse full, we’d be eager to talk to you.

These are the main types of food WE OFFER to our Members:

  • Meat, fish, eggs and dairy products
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Chilled food, such as ready meals or drinks
  • Frozen food, or chilled food that has been blast frozen
  • Ambient goods, such as pasta, tins and cereals
  • Bakery

The types of Food we DO NOT DISTRIBUTE to our Members include:

  • Alcohol
  • Food that has been warmed or prepared (such as buffet or event food)
  • Food that has exceeded its ‘use-by’ date

Please be aware we may be able to accept food if it has passed its best-before date. But we can only do this if the manufacturer guarantees the product is acceptable to the consumer and the texture and flavour have not been unacceptably compromised.

So How does it work?

In 2018, FareShare East Midlands accepted 1,500 tonnes of food donated by the UK food industry. All of this food was perfectly good for human consumption, but it was deemed to be ‘surplus’ because it would have been affected by:

  • Packaging/labelling errors
  • Forecasting errors
  • Stock below MLOR (48 hours minimum life on receipt by FareShare)
  • Fruit and vegetables past BBE
  • Stock past BBE subject to manufacturer’s extension letter
  • Quality rejections – ‘out of spec’
  • Unfinished products
  • Bulk ingredients for manufacturing
  • Lines no longer being retailed
  • Samples and NPDs
  • Foreign label stock
  • Damages
  • Seasonal stock
  • Retailer branded food: authorisations from major retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Asda

In 2019, we expect to receive more than 2,000 tonnes of surplus food. This could create more than four million meals.

Important note: Due to our structure and scale of operation, FareShare East Midlands and FareShare UK are able to work with the food industry and deal in bulk volumes. Therefore, if you are an individual, and you have some food to donate, we recommend you contact a local Trussell Trust food bank. If you need to find a food bank that’s close to your home, please click here.

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