FareShare is the UK’s largest food redistribution charity that operates a number of food depots throughout the UK. FareShare provides a paid service to collect surplus food that is ‘fit for purpose’ from retailers and manufacturers, store it in their depots, and redistribute it for a nominal membership fee to charities and community organisations.

FareShare’s mission is to use surplus, fit for consumption, food to feed those suffering from food poverty in the UK.

LWARB Support

FareShare were looking to set up an additional food depot in North West London. At the time of submitting their proposal, FareShare had secured a unit on a North West London business park that was suitable for their needs, but they could not move forward without funding support. They required grant funding to cover 90% of the cost needed to set up the new food distribution depot which would also lead to the creation of two new jobs and around 50 volunteering opportunities.

An additional London depot would mean that over 300 tonnes of surplus food, the equivalent of 800,000 meals, would be diverted from waste streams each year and distributed to homeless and other vulnerable people.

LWARB provided a grant of £362,000 in March 2010 that was used to help set up an additional food distribution depot in London, located in the Park Royal business area, acting as a distribution hub covering outer West and Northwest London area.

FareShare has substantial experience of operating similar projects, both inside and outside of London.

LWARB’s Objectives

  • Landfill Diversion
  • CO2 Displacement
  • Lasting Social Benefits

Outcomes/achievements to date

The Park Royal depot opened in December 2010 employing 1,5 FTE and the support of 19 volunteers. Following an internal review of operations that was conducted in 2012, FareShare decided to close some of its smaller depots, including the one in Park Royal, and consolidate its operations into a large depot in Deptford, South London. Nonetheless, the outcomes of the LWARB project continue to be delivered and indeed exceed with this change.