We believe that good food should get put to good use. Diverting your surplus food to frontline charities is much easier than you think.


Giving your surplus food to FareShare North East follows the food use hierarchy. The food use hierarchy highlights the best use for surplus food; taking measures to avoid food wastage, followed by diverting surplus food to charities, to livestock feed and sending food to digesters to produce bio-gas. When you divert your surplus food to FareShare North East, you are feeding bellies not bins, helping to fight food waste and reduce hunger in your community one step at a time.

Your Surplus. Sorted.

If you’re a company with surplus food or if you would just like to have a chat about how we can help identify surplus, Contact Us. 

Why Work With Us?

Donating surplus food is meaningful for your business By donating surplus food, your business can access many benefits. From boosting staff morale to achieving your commitments under Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 (Global Food Loss and Waste), working with FareShare North East can benefit your business.

  • Potential financial savings
  • Product traceability with social responsibility
  • Environmental benefits (a reduction in your company’s carbon footprint, saving food from going to landfill)
  • Ethical supply chain – knowing your company is doing the right thing by donating surplus food to FareShare North East and helping charities on your doorstep. Read more about how our food goes to those who need it most. 
  • A clear and tangible contribution to your CSR and sustainability strategy
  • Boost sustainability credentials
  • Increase staff and customers

Find our more about what our partners say about working with FareShare North East

Feed Bellies Not Bins

We understand that a large majority of food waste occurs in the supply chain, even before products go onto the supermarket shelves! FareShare North East would like to make it efficient for manufacturers and hauliers to donate good quality surplus food to us and help to feed those most in need.

Corporate Social Responsibility

By giving food to FareShare North is a good way of contributing to Corporate Social Responsibility objectives and positively impacting your local community, as well as improving your company’s public image. Get involved and help support those most in need of food in the North East by donating surplus food.

What We Can Accept

From labelling errors, discontinued lines, samples, and fruit and vegetables past its BBE, to bulk ingredients for manufacturing, we accept all kinds of fresh, frozen, ambient and chilled foods, including retailer branded foods. These include:

  • Packaging/labelling errors
  • Stock that has become surplus due to forecasting errors
  • Stock below MLOR (48 minimum life on receipt by FareShare)
  • Fruit and vegetables past BBE
  • Stock past BBE (subject to manufacturer’s extension letter)
  • Quality rejections – ‘out of spec’
  • Unfinished products
  • Bulk ingredients for manufacturing
  • Lines no longer being retailed
  • Samples and NPD’s
  • Foreign label stock
  • Damages
  • Seasonal stock
  • Retailer branded food. We have authorisations from major retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Asda.

Please note that we may be able to accept food if it has passed its best-before date, if the manufacturer can guarantee that the product will still be acceptable to the consumer and that texture and flavour have not been unacceptably compromised.

Are you a food business with surplus food? Let us know and someone from our food team will get back to you.