We’ve recently posted a few articles that have looked at the charity work we’re doing with our Do Some Good campaign. However, I wanted to look a little closer at the great work each of our chosen charities for 2017 is doing in a little more detail. And this month I’m focusing on FareShare, the charity setup to fight hunger and tackle food waste in the UK.
UK food waste and poverty
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Voices of the Hungry project, in 2016 there were around 8.4 million people in the UK, that’s the equivalent of the entire population of London, who are struggling to afford to eat. In 2016 WRAP also published their ‘Quantification of food surplus, waste and related materials in the grocery supply chain’, which highlighted that at least 270,000 tonnes of surplus food from the UK food and drink industry could be redistributed to feed people each year. That is enough for a staggering 650 million meals!
FareShare save food and they change lives
What FareShare do is simple really but the results are incredible. They save good food destined for waste and send it to charities and community groups who then transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. What they redistribute is fresh, of good quality and in date surplus from the food industry, and the charities they work with can be found across the UK. The image below clearly illustrates better than I can how their model works.
Last year they redistributed enough food for 28.6 million meals. However, it’s about so much more than just those meals…
The organisations they supply food to – from breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children, to hostels for the homeless, community cafes and domestic violence refuges – are places that provide life changing support to so many people. Yes all those meals are so important, but by making sure good food is not wasted, FoodShare is also turning an environmental problem into a social solution.
As a member of both the European Federation of Food Banks and The Global FoodBanking Network, FareShare are part of a global movement that’s working to alleviate hunger by capturing surplus food and delivering it to the people who need it.
Where to find them and how to get involved
FareShare currently have 20 Regional Centres across the UK. Their staff and volunteers work hard to ensure that food goes out to those people who need it every day. You can find your local FareShare and details of FareShare’s National Team on their Where to find us page. Please just get in touch with them, they’d love to speak to you about how you can get involved.
FareShare is a tried and tested solution with over 20 years experience working with the food industry. The food they redistribute is in date and good to eat, but has become surplus for simple reasons such as over-production, labelling errors, or short shelf-life. Their dedicated Food Team can work with you to achieve the most cost and time effective solution for dealing with your unsold food, enabling your business to use your surplus food for social good. Check out their Giving Food page for further info.
On the other-hand it could be you’re involved with a charity or community group that could use surplus food to support your beneficiaries? Could your organisation also put good food to good use?
From delicious meat, dairy and fish to fresh fruit and veg, the food they save is good quality and in date and could help you provide a varied menu for your beneficiaries. It can save you money too. In the 2015 report ‘Saving money, improving lives: Survey of FareShare’s community Food Members’ by NatCen, it was calculated that FareShare food is worth on average £7,900 to each charity member – leaving you with more money to put back into your other support services.
So if you want to get involved, there’s two ways you can get food from them. Firstly, you can become a FareShare member to receive regular orders of surplus food. Secondly, you can collect free food from a local store. The FareShare FoodCloud matches charities and community groups with local stores who have surplus food available for collection at the end of the day. How it works is illustrated in the diagram above. If you’re interested in getting involved, then please click here for further details.
The Lazy Susan Do Some Good campaign
So how can you get involved with our Do Some Good campaign and how does is all work? Well basically, when you purchase any of our garden furniture products, all we ask is that you take a photo of your new furniture in situ and email it to us. And then the Lazy Susan team will do the rest, we will make a donation to our chosen charities…
We will give:
£10 for any set of customer photos of Lazy Susan furniture in your garden
£20 for your garden furniture all dressed up and ready for lunch or an evening BBQ
It’ll only take you a few minutes to take some photos and Do Some Good. So please let’s get the cameras and phones out, and please start snapping. Let’s try and raise as much as we can for the likes of FareShare!