FareShare South West

Unlocking surplus food in the South West

FareShare South West is raising funds to save an additional 200 tonnes of quality surplus food per year from going to waste and enable us to deliver it to 300+ frontline groups working with vulnerable people. Vital funding will help us upscale redistribution by over 20% and launch into new regions.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2021 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1125905)

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Championed by Green Match Fund


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom


Against a backdrop of a global environmental crisis and the highest UK food poverty rates on record, large scale food waste is unacceptable. In the South West, we know that hundreds of tonnes of quality, in date surplus food goes to waste each year, while thousands face hunger. Food waste uses resources, water and energy in production, and produces excess CO2 levels when it is not eaten. Food waste in landfill creates methane, which has a global warming potential 21% greater than CO2.


Surplus food is often wasted because producers have no other option despite intentions. Individual charities are unable to take wholesale food regularly, and companies cannot commercially justify resources needed for redistribution. FareShare South West can bridge this gap. If we can upscale, we can save hundreds more tonnes of surplus food from going to waste, and safely and strategically distribute a varied supply of food to hundreds of frontline charities supporting vulnerable people.

  • As we aim to reduce our carbon footprint, it’s great working with FareShare South West. We’re so pleased that surplus from our deliveries is being redistributed, rather than wasted. The fact that our products are redistributed to charities and organisations in our local area makes it even better.

    — James Flower, field&flower co-founder (one of our brilliant food partners)

  • The food supplied by FareShare South West has been a serious lifeline for so many of our beneficiaries in Cornwall. High risk individuals have not been able to leave their homes during the pandemic, with the additional difficulty of food drops not reaching some of the more remote parts of Cornwall.

    — John Lakey, Co-Director of Cultivate Cornwall (one of our charity partners in Bodmin)

  • The women we work with often have no-one and nothing. We’re so thankful to FareShare for providing the best food to meet women’s needs–UHT milk for women without fridges, instant food for women who only have a kettle to cook with, as well as nourishing fresh food too. Thank you FareShare South West.

    — Anna Smith, CEO at One25 (one of our charity partners that supports women trapped in sex work)

  • We all know that many families are struggling to make ends meet. Mix in no free school meals or breakfast clubs that families depend on, and things get tough. We don’t have a magic wand to wave, we can’t make everything ok, but thanks to FareShare South West we can ensure there is food on the table.

    — Allison Todd, Mercy in Action (one of our charity partners in Bath)