FareShare South West

FareShare South West

At a glance

Causes

  • Environment
  • Local / community
  • Poverty relief

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Regional

Objectives

FareShare South West (FSSW) tackles hunger in the South West, using food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to front-line organisations that can use it for social good. FSSW is an independent charity, sourcing 25% of our food from local food suppliers, farms and producers. We also work collaboratively as part of the wider FareShare UK network, to redistribute food from national supermarkets and retailers. Working with local councils, charities, and communities, we create networks of food support from Gloucestershire to Cornwall. Using the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), we target communities with the highest levels of deprivation. Our partner organisations receiving our food are charities, food banks, community groups and school breakfast clubs embedded in the community – using local expertise and lived experience they transform the food we provide into healthy meals whilst providing wrap-around support, tackling the root causes of food poverty in their local areas. The end beneficiaries we support via our front-line partners struggle with food insecurity due to financial, social or physical barriers to accessing nutritious food. We are a volunteer powered organisation, with over 280 regular volunteers. Part of FSSW’s mission is to provide meaningful access to volunteering, work experience, training, and employment helping to combat life-limiting barriers.

Activities

- Rescuing good food from waste - We work with food producers from across the industry and make it straightforward to save all types of surplus food from waste.

- Redistributing food to people in need - We distribute good surplus food to our network of approx. 400 food banks, schools, community kitchens, recovery houses and more, ensuring nutritious food reaches people struggling to get by.

- Providing opportunities - Our team of 280 volunteers make our operation possible. In turn, we ensure that volunteering with us is an enriching experience that opens up opportunities, be that for growing in confidence, gaining skills for work, or joining a social community. In late 2022 we launched FareChance, our Employability Programme for vulnerable young adults in Bristol. Through this programme, we support disadvantaged young adults to gain the skills and confidence they need to make positive next steps.

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