2018 was the busiest year in our history. Our output grew by more than 60% and we donated a million more meals than in the previous 12-month period.
In 2018, FareShare East Midlands saved over 1,200 tonnes of good quality surplus food from right across the food supply chain and redistributed it to 242 charities and community groups throughout the region.
These charities provide meals as part of their services to people in need – such as children’s breakfast clubs, day clubs for older people, domestic violence refuges, homeless shelters and drug and alcohol rehab units.
Last year, FareShare East Midlands provided enough food for nearly three million meals (worth over £2.1 million to the charity sector in savings), which helped to feed over 27,000 people every week.
And as well as our Member Service, we also rolled out our new CEC service, which we are managing on behalf of The Central England Cooperative Society. The scheme, which is free of charge, aims to offer three tonnes of surplus food every day to community groups and charities throughout the East Midlands region. To find out more about this innovative scheme, please click here.
Key facts and figures
- We serve Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire
- Last year, we saved 1,200 tonnes of food from waste. This was a record amount of food being redistributed throughout the region
- In 2018, we provided enough food to make 2.95 million meals. But since we were formed, we have provided enough food to make the equivalent of 12 million meals
- We supported 242 charities and community groups in the region during 2018
- The food we supplied enabled the charity sector to generate £2.1 million in savings and reinvest this money back into front-line services
- We helped to feed 27,000 people every week during the course of the year
- We receive food from 500 food companies right across the food supply chain