We’ve teamed up with food charity FareShare, to ensure that any surplus food left over from our show is used to feed people in need…

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Turning an environmental problem into a social solution

The Farm Shop & Deli Show have teamed up with FareShare, the UK’s leading food redistribution charity, to ensure that any surplus food left over from the show is used to feed people in need.

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What does FareShare do?

FareShare fights hunger and food waste by redistributing surplus food to frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people.

They reach 1,100 towns and cities, providing food for almost 26 million meals a year and supporting nearly half a million people every week. By ensuring good food is not wasted they turn an environmental problem into a social solution.

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The 5,500 charities 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.


How does surplus food occur?

FareShare works in partnership with food and drink businesses to help them identify where surpluses occur in their operation and to put processes in place to redistribute those surpluses as early as possible to feed people in need.

No matter how efficient, when operating at scale it is inevitable that every food business will find themselves with food that they cannot sell at some point, for a whole host of reasons such as changes to customer orders, incorrect forecasting, short shelf life of products, unseasonable weather, damaged packaging or mislabelling. When these situations arise, FareShare is here to help.


The benefits for charities

The food provided by FareShare helps frontline charities cook nutritious meals for the vulnerable people they support. But there’s more to it than that. Receiving food and drinks from FareShare means the charities can use their budget for other essential things like providing support services, accommodation or facilities to help people back on their feet.

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How exhibitors at the Farm Shop & Deli Show can help

Exhibiters can help in two ways:

Firstly, FareShare is working with William Reed to offer a food collection service at the end of Farm Shop & Deli Show, National Convenience Show & The Forecourt Show 2017. The food will be collected by FareShare West Midlands who will redistribute it to the 150 local charities they support, so it can benefit people in need rather than go to waste. So if you have food left over at the end of the show that’s still fit to eat, then please bring it to the Lowe Refrigeration Area in Hall 20 so that it can be collected and redistributed by FareShare.

Secondly, does your business have food that can’t be sold as originally intended at your production or manufacturing sites? If so, please get in touch with the FareShare Food team who can work with you to find the most cost and time effective solution for dealing with your unsold food. You might be surprised how simple it can be to turn your surplus food into something positive that can provide a lifeline for people in need. Please email: foodoffers@fareshare.org.uk

If you’d like to find out more about FareShare, visit their website