We are pleased to announce that we have been accepted onto the Big Give’s Green Match fund campaign this April! Between April 22nd- April 29th, every donation made via our Big Give campaign page will be DOUBLED!
As a full year of running emergency food operations comes to a close with the end of FoodStock 2020, we know that the end of the health crisis doesn’t spell the end of hunger. While over 250,000 tonnes of perfectly edible food is wasted each year, we are determined to scale up our surplus food redistribution to tackle food poverty. If we are to do this, we must access more surplus food on a big scale, and we cannot do this without support.
Between 22nd-29th April 2021, we are launching our Big Give campaign to raise funds to help unlock more surplus food. This means increasing chiller and warehouse spaces, van fleets to collect surplus, and building new partnerships with food companies to safely redistribute their surplus product.
Every single pound our supporters donate will be matched. Matched donations means double the amount of surplus food saved, double the amount of vulnerable people supported and double the good your money can do.
Over the next few weeks we will be making preparations for the campaign. Watch this space for announcements and check out our campaign page for updates as we approach the campaign launch.
Until then, we wanted to share some facts about surplus food and us!
- FareShare South West redistributes food from over 600 food companies!
- Between March 2020 and March 2021, we saved 1,029 tonnes of surplus food from becoming waste in the South West.
- The food that passes through our warehouses isn’t the end-of-day food from supermarkets. Instead, we take food on a BIG scale from distribution centres, manufacturers, and as far back as the farmers field! Most frontline charities would struggle to handle a tonne of cheddar or a pallet of tomatoes. We serve our community by processing this food and delivering varied weekly deliveries.
- FareShare also works to capture end-of-day surplus food by connecting local charities with supermarkets through FareShare Go- find out more.
- Most of our surplus comes from national food companies, but we are determined to unlock more local surplus. We know there are over 1,000 South West food companies, but only a small number give their surplus to us. We want to change this to make sure no good food goes to waste in our region.