2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, but for some the knock on effect will continue to be catastrophic moving into the New Year. We wanted to create a business with a conscience and part of that responsibility is giving back to the community. FareShare seemed like a brilliant charity to partner with, tackling both issues of hunger and food waste on a national level.
FareShare is a UK-wide charity fighting hunger and food waste. They redistribute good food that would otherwise go to waste to frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people.
For more than 25 years FareShare has been working with the food industry to identify quality, in date surplus food that can be redistributed to charities.
FareShare reaches over 1,900 towns and cities, providing enough food to create almost 46.5 million meals a year and supporting almost a million people every week. The 10,942 charities and community groups that receive food through FareShare provide a lifeline to vulnerable people, including homeless hostels, children’s breakfast clubs and lunch clubs for older people. By receiving food through FareShare, these organisations are better able to provide nutritious meals alongside life-changing support.
8.4 million people in the UK (the equivalent of the entire population of London) don’t get enough food to eat [1]. People in food poverty are those who don’t have continuous access to affordable, nutritious food. It includes those on low or no income, but also encompasses people affected by physical or mental illness, addiction, relationship breakdowns and so on.
1.9 million tonnes of food is wasted every year in the supply chain in the UK. Wrap estimates at least 250,000 tonnes of surplus food from the food and drink industry could be redistributed to feed people each year [2]. This is enough for at least 650 million meals for people in need. Last year FareShare redistributed enough food to make 46.5 million meals.
10,942 charities receive food through FareShare, helping to feed almost a million people every week. Charities include hostels, women’s refuge centres, drug rehabilitation centres, lunch clubs for older people and children’s breakfast clubs. These charities use FareShare food to make nutritious meals for their clients and provide their beneficiaries with additional support to help get back on their feet.
This is why Ashley’s Apothecary will donate the funds to enable FareShare to provide a meal for a vulnerable person with every order placed, via Work For Good [3].
For more information on the amazing work FareShare do or to make a donation, please visit their website here.

[1] Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Voices of the Hungry, 2016 

[2] Wrap, Quantification of food surplus, waste and related materials in the grocery supply chain, 2016

[3] As of 01/01/2021 this amounts to 25p for every sale plus 5% (exc VAT) to support Work for Good, to raise even more funds for charities.