We aim to fight hunger and tackle food poverty by redistributing surplus food to those who need it most.
Did you know that 8-10% of UK households are moderately or severely food insecure? Yet, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of good food is wasted by the UK food industry every day?
There are millions of people in the UK who are struggling to afford to eat and are going hungry every day. This can be due to a variety of reasons, such as redundancy, reduced welfare support or an unexpected life event. Sometimes people have no choice but to ask for help. This can be through turning to to drop-in centres, hostels or accessing emergency food assistance from food banks to support themselves and their families. For others, it may be visiting a lunch club to prevent loneliness and isolation.
The Trussell Trust found that during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, around half of the people who reached out for food support had never needed to before, contributing to the 61% rise in the demand for food assistance in the UK.
FareShare North East aims to address the issues of hunger and food waste by redistributing surplus food to local organisations across the North East. These organisations support vulnerable people in some way. The food is then transformed into delicious hot and cold meals or snacks for people who need it most. For the organisations we work with, getting food from FareShare North East is a much needed resource. Not only does the food help support their beneficiaries, but they are able to reinvest the money they save on food into providing more essential services. This includes delivering advice, guidance, mentoring or holding more social activities. Find out more about Our Impact.