FARESHARE – the UK’s biggest charity fighting hunger and food waste – is calling on farmers, food producers and retailers in the Midlands to help get good-to-eat food, which may otherwise go to waste, to its network of over 500 charities.
The Spring Budget failed to acknowledge the soaring levels of food insecurity across the UK.
FareShare’s network partners across the region are struggling to keep up with unprecedented levels of demand from the charities they support. Without much-needed additional government funding, FareShare and its network are relying on the food industry in the Midlands to provide an essential boost.
FareShare works with the food industry to redistribute good-to-eat surplus food to those that need it, via a network of 9,500 charities and community groups nationwide. The food provided by FareShare strengthens communities and brings people together. FareShare is working tirelessly to continuously support the vital services delivered by charities across the Midlands, including food banks and pantries, hostels, refuges, community centres, older people’s lunch clubs, school clubs and hospices. Without sufficient food supplies, the day-to-day operations of these charities will be significantly impacted at a time when their support is crucial.
In the Midlands, the redistribution of food is coordinated by FareShare Midlands, where volumes of food coming into its warehouses across the Midlands have not been enough to keep up with demand, which has skyrocketed due to the cost-of-living crisis.
Simone Connolly, FareShare Midlands CEO, said:
“The cost-of-living crisis continues to hit hard across the Midlands and the 500+ charities we support all report exceptionally high levels of demand for their services. We are enormously grateful to our existing supporters in the food industry, who continue to do all they can to provide us with surplus food, but sadly demand continues to outstrip supply. Ongoing supply chain issues, the war in Ukraine, and high energy costs are all factors impacting the availability of food surplus for redistribution. However, in all regions across the UK, we desperately need additional food from local sources to help boost our supplies. We are calling on any food suppliers in the Midlands to get in touch with us about getting more food to the people we support and help our charities continue providing vital services in the community.”
To help get good food to people in the Midlands who need it most, not let it go to waste, please visit: https://faresharemidlands.org.uk/.