FareShare South West is an independent franchise of the national charity, FareShare.
We work with the food industry to minimise fit-for-purpose fresh, frozen and long-life food going to waste, and send this food into organisations working with the most vulnerable people in the community. Thousands of tonnes of perfectly good in-date food are wasted in the South West each year due to packaging errors, out of date promotions, discontinued lines, veg not up to spec. and so on. At the same time, there are over 4 million people in the UK who cannot afford a healthy diet, among them homeless and elderly people, children, refugees and people suffering mental & physical health problems.
FareShare South West aims to address this imbalance by redistributing quality surplus food to groups working with vulnerable individuals in and around Bristol.
We only have a few employees and rely heavily on our volunteers. Each week around 100 people help us re-distribute the food throughout the South West. Around half our volunteers are or have been vulnerable and we offer training opportunities and support in their lives.
FareShare South West, based in Bristol, was set up in late 2007 to work with community groups in and around Bristol city. We support over 130 organisations, including hostels, day centres, lunch clubs, addiction agencies, young peoples projects & refugee centres, in delivering a food service to those who need it most and giving support on nutrition, food hygiene and more. Our service enables these organisations to get people through the door and also to redirect their funds into improving their own services.
For further information on how to access the food service, please see the ‘community food network members’ page.