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    Up to 3 million children are at risk of going hungry over the school holidays. With every pound donated Fareshare East Midlands can provide 4 meals to a child in need.

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  • Our mantra is simple: good food should never go to waste!

    The surplus foods we offer are fresh, in-date and great to eat. They are supplied to us by the UK food industry and if we don’t find them a home, they will be turned into animal feed or renewable energy.

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  • In 2018, our support helped members save £2.1 million

    Surplus food supplied by FareShare East Midlands enabled community groups, schools and charities make nearly three million meals, feed more than 27,000 people every week – and save more than £2.1 million.

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Fighting hunger | Tackling food waste

FareShare East Midlands is not a 'one size fits all' organisation. There are many different ways we support communities in our region.

According to the government, more than a million people in the East Midlands live in poverty and struggle to feed themselves and their families. These are the people our Members are trying to support.

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Homelessness; unemployment; domestic abuse; and drug and alcohol addiction. These are some of the issues our Members are helping thousands of local people come to terms with.

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Waste is a huge problem in the UK, with more than 300,000 tonnes of great food thrown away annually. Our goal is to redirect as much of this food as possible, so people in need can be fed.

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We're making a difference...

Almost 60% of the organisations we work with, particularly charities and community groups, would not be able to survive without the support of FareShare East Midlands. By accessing our surplus foods, they are able to save thousands of pounds every year. And often, these savings really make the difference, allowing them to stay open and continue making the vital and tangible contribution to the communities they are committed to serving. For without us, many could not stay open.

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In Focus


Friday - August 16, 2019 9:00 pm

Thousands of children rely on Fareshare East Midlands to eat during the school holidays after government pulls backing.

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Thursday - August 15, 2019 10:37 am

There are 9 Adventure Playgrounds across the City of Leicester, each operating in areas of high deprivation.

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Thursday - August 15, 2019 10:28 am

Up to 3 million children are at risk of going hungry over the school holidays.

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Up to 1 in 4

young people go hungry every day

Food poverty is a huge problem in cities like Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and Lincoln, and big towns like Northampton – particularly among people aged 18 and under. Yet perfectly good food is wasted every day by food retailers and the wider UK food industry. At FareShare East Midlands, we are passionate about redirecting this food, so people who are going hungry, particularly young people, are able to receive at least one nutritious meal every day of the week.

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