Third Sector Awards 2017: Charity of the Year - FareShare

This prestigious award goes to the charity or voluntary sector organisation that has had a truly exceptional year and whose recent achievements have attracted the admiration of the sector

What is the charity’s aim?

FareShare rescues good-quality surplus food, and delivers it to community groups and charities across the UK. These groups then create nutritious meals for vulnerable people, as well as providing life-changing support.

What has it achieved in the last year?

In 2016 FareShare doubled the number of community groups it supports, to more than 5,500, and helped to provid a record-breaking 25 million meals to beneficiaries. It forged partnerships with key logistics companies that now offer clients the option of redistributing food to FareShare, with an average cost saving of 30 per cent over other means of food disposal.

FareShare also introduced the FareShare FoodCloud, a scheme that allows individual supermarkets to communicate directly with local charities when surplus food is available. Tesco and Waitrose have already adopted this programme with two more retailers to follow.

The charity raised awareness and £83,000 through an on-pack donation promotion with the drinks company Coca-Cola. A partnership with dairy company Yeo Valley, which launched the "Left-Yeover", a yoghurt flavoured with surplus fruit, raised £21,000.

Why did it win?

Last year FareShare rescued 12,336 tonnes of food from the food industry, 46 per cent more than the year before. It also more than doubled the number of vulnerable people fed each week, at 400,000. Charities estimate it would cost them on average £7,900 a year to replace the food they get from FareShare, and one in five believe they would have to close if FareShare stopped providing food.

What did the judges say?

"Amazing work," said Caitlin Dean, chair of Pregnancy Sickness Support. "It displayed innovation and had some huge achievements over the past year."

Highly commended

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The Scout Association

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