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

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

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

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