Food production & waste produces 35% of UK CO2 emissions. At FareShare South West we combat food waste, while delivering surplus to those in need. We seek to expand our operations to Devon & Cornwall, two regions unsupported by a large-scale surplus food supply despite extreme food poverty.
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1125905)
Over 33% of human climate emissions arise from food production. Yet 33% of food grown is wasted. To solve this across the UK, our surplus food operations need urgent expansion. Devon & Cornwall is an untapped region of food on our doorstep, where local food companies have no means of getting large scale surplus to those in desperate need. We can’t let this food go to waste while 22% of children in Devon live in poverty, rising above the national average to 26% in Cornwall.
In 2021 we redistributed over 2000 tonnes of food across Bristol and the South West. For every tonne redistributed we save 1.6 tonnes of CO2e and 1.5 million litres of water. By branching into Devon & Cornwall we shall expand this impact by 21%. Our Plymouth warehouse has recently opened. Once funding is secure, we’ll be able to upscale its capacity to meet this target. With 160 charities on our waiting list, we are confident this food will be put to good use for long term poverty alleviation.
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.
The food we stock goes in and out of fashion. FareShare South West are now the first people we think of when there is surplus because we know they’ll distributed it out. I can’t think of anyone better to donate our goods to!
We are able to respond to the needs of families facing food insecurity by providing nutritionally balanced food packs that also ensure cultural and dietary needs are met. We are a lifeline to the recipients of our parcels, as is FareShare to Provide Devon.
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