Never have we wasted so much food. We demand to be able to buy whatever we want, whenever we want it, and in the process have developed habits that have spawned a throwaway culture in our food chain.
In Britain each year we waste a staggering 1.9 million tons of food, an estimated 400,000 tons of which doesn’t even make it to the supermarket before being deemed surplus to requirements.
At the same time around 8.4 million people across the country suffer in food poverty – unable to obtain properly healthy food.
Fareshare, the UK’S largest charity dedicated to fighting hunger and food waste, works by redistributing perfectly good food destined for disposal to instead help nourish the most vulnerable in society. The charity feeds 500,000 people every week and last year redistributed 13,352 tons of food to 7,000 frontline charities nationwide, saving them an estimated £30 million. Working with suppliers and supermarkets, the food rescued by Fareshare goes to homeless and domestic violence shelters, breakfast and lunch clubs for the young and elderly, mental health clinics, drink and drug rehabilitation centres and countless other community groups.
The charity’s belief is simple: that no good food should go to waste.
Lindsay Boswell, the CEO of Fareshare