Being a Community Food Member – Emmaus Leeds

“We have used FareShare for years and have seen how their organisation has grown and adapted to support more organisations and charities like us. The quantity of food has grown as they have engaged with more food suppliers and we receive a wider variety of food. We run a community and social enterprise called Emmaus Leeds which houses 26 formerly homeless people. Since using FareShare we have saved on average £10,000 per year from our annual food budget. Not only have we made a huge saving but we also eat a much more diverse range of food, we can introduce and try new foods and give our residents and volunteers opportunity to be creative and learn new skills & recipes.

We would never be in a position to purchase things like sirloin steaks or avocados or red velvet cakes but because of FareShare we see all kinds of food items come through our door. Many of our clients come from underprivileged and chaotic backgrounds and have often never heard of some of the food items we receive. We also have the occasional glut of items, for example when FareShare gave us a whole crate of cucumbers… We discovered there were so many cucumber recipes, including cucumber soup which was delicious! We are always excited when delivery day comes around every week so that we can discover what goodies we have to play with! Thank you FareShare for all your hard work supporting us over the years, your staff are always the nicest of people and we love working with you.”

Joanne Stafford, Projects & Events Leader

Emmaus Leeds, St Mary’s Street, Leeds, LS9 7DP

FareShare is the only charity to take food from the wholesale level of the food industry

The vast majority of surplus occurs before food even gets to the supermarket. Each FareShare regional centre takes that food and redistributes to those in need. FareShare Go is our supermarket collection service, which deals with supermarket-level surplus.

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