Food Friends scheme launched

FareShare South West is launching a new scheme for those most passionate about tackling food waste and food poverty. Two million people have been pushed into hunger since the pandemic and yet, thousands of tonnes of good-to-eat food is still being thrown away.

Over the last few years we have had to upscale our operations massively. Post pandemic, emergency funding has decreased but the demand for food is bigger than ever. The Food Friends scheme aims to plug this gap by calling on members of the public who wish to commit to tackling food waste and hunger long term.

By becoming a Food Friend and donating monthly to FareShare South West, an individual can become a part of the solution and ensure that the response to our broken food system is not just a short term sticking plaster.

Jenny Weld is the Supporter Care Officer at FareShare South West,

“We need to create a food system where surplus is diverted to those who need it as standard. Amidst a climate crisis and rising UK hunger we just can’t let it go to waste. This change is possible. But only with regular support from people who back this change.”

FareShare South West has set up a campaign to recruit their first 200 Food Friends to be part of the scheme. Food Friends are integral to the long-term sustainability of the charity.

“By joining the fight against hunger and food waste, you will be investing in rebuilding a broken food system for good. All while helping break the cycle of food poverty in your local community.”

Donations can make big difference to those in need:

£5 a month can cover the fuel costs for a charity partner’s food delivery fortnightly

£10 a month can save enough food for 480 meals over a year

£25 a month can keep food in our warehouse fresh for 50 charities and the people they are supporting

FareShare is the only charity to take food from the wholesale level of the food industry

The vast majority of surplus occurs before food even gets to the supermarket. Each FareShare regional centre takes that food and redistributes to those in need. FareShare Go is our supermarket collection service, which deals with supermarket-level surplus.

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