3 Million Meals in 2018

FareShare Greater Manchester (FSGM) has redistributed 3 million meals to people experiencing food insecurity in 2018. This, in short, marks a staggering increase of 50% upon the previous year.  FareShare Greater Manchester is the largest regional branch of FareShare UK, providing quality, surplus food to 222 charities and community groups across Manchester and the wider region – including homeless hostels, school breakfast clubs, community cafés, hospices, and older people’s lunch clubs – which between them help to feed over 26,000 people in food poverty every week.

The news comes as the charity celebrates our 10-year anniversary of fighting hunger and tackling food waste in the region. To mark the milestone, FSGM has launched an appeal for volunteers. Particularly to help the regional centre meet the growing demand for increased food provision.

Miranda Kaunang, Head of Development at FareShare Greater Manchester, said:

“Since first opening a decade ago, FareShare has provided 11 million meals to those in need across Greater Manchester – a phenomenal achievement which is testament to our tireless commitment to fighting hunger and reducing food waste. Currently, more than half of Greater Manchester’s children are living in poverty. To help more children and families by providing access to good food, FareShare needs more volunteers. These are the food heroes – the ones sorting the food, putting orders together and delivering to frontline charities – who are vital to our operation. We are very proud of what we have achieved but recognise the human need this represents. We are committed to doing even more in 2019.”

food waste

270,000 tonnes of perfectly edible food gets wasted by the food industry each year.

That’s enough for nearly 650,000,000 meals