FareShare Glasgow works with the food and drink industry to minimise fit-for-purpose, fresh, frozen and long-life food going to waste and send this food into organisations working with the most vulnerable people in the community.
Thousands of tonnes of perfectly good, in date food is wasted each year due to, for example packaging errors, out of date promotions, discounted lines, veg not up to spec etc. At the same time, there are are over 4 milion people throughout the UK who cannot afford a healthy diet, among them are homeless people, elderly people, children, refugees and people suffering mental and physical health problems.
FareShare Glasgow aims to address this imbalance by redistributing quality surplus food to groups working with vulnerable individuals in and around Glasgow and the West.
FareShare Glasgow was set up initially on a pilot basis in late 2011 to work with a selection of community groups in and around Glasgow City. They are now expanding that support to more organisations such as hostels, day centres, lunch clubs, addiction agencies, young people’s projects and refugee centres. Their aim is to deliver a food service to those who neet it most, giving support on nutrition, food hygiene and more. Their service enables these organisations to get people through the door and also to redirect their funds into improving their own services.