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FareShare Midlands is the region’s largest food redistribution charity. We take good quality surplus food from the food industry and get it to 550 frontline charities reaching more than 35,000 vulnerable people every week.
According to the government, more than a million people in the Midlands live in poverty and struggle to feed themselves and their families. These are the people our Members are trying to support.
Homelessness; unemployment; domestic abuse; and drug and alcohol addiction. These are some of the issues our Members are helping thousands of local people come to terms with.
Waste is a huge problem in the UK, with more than 300,000 tonnes of great food thrown away annually. Our goal is to redirect as much of this food as possible, so people in need can be fed.
It hardly needs saying that 2019/20 was an exceptional year in many ways. 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 2020.
Almost 60% of the organisations we work with, particularly charities and community groups, would not be able to survive without the support of FareShare Midlands. By accessing our surplus foods, they are able to save thousands of pounds every year. And often, these savings really make the difference, allowing them to stay open and continue making the vital and tangible contribution to the communities they are committed to serving. For without us, many could not stay open.
A ground-breaking Lincolnshire food hub, opened in mid-July 2021, has already redistributed over 41,000 nutritious meals to local food charities. Each day, unsold food including fruit and veg, baked goods and chilled food is donated by local partners including the Lincolnshire Co-op and Gousto, a British meal kit supplier.READ MORE
The Lincoln Community Grocery is located in the Central Methodist Church on the High Street. The organisation is one of 10 that have been initiated around the country to reduce local food waste and also bring down the cost of a weekly shop.READ MORE
Our 6 month pilot project began in July earlier this year, with a goal to utilise surplus, end-of-day produce from Lincolnshire Co-op stores and other suppliers, to support community organisations across the county. Since the beginning of our pilot project in Lincolnshire, we have had the continued support from Jake, Jamie and Emily; volunteers from Friendz & Co.READ MORE
Food poverty is a huge problem in cities like Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and Lincoln, and big towns like Northampton – particularly among people aged 18 and under. Yet perfectly good food is wasted every day by food retailers and the wider UK food industry. At FareShare Midlands, we are passionate about redirecting this food, so people who are going hungry, particularly young people, are able to receive at least one nutritious meal every day of the week.How can you help?