About us

FareShare Yorkshire forms part of the UK’s largest food charity, FareShare. We are one of a network of 21 similar centres located across the UK. We are a community of independent franchised charities, all fighting the same issues: food waste and hunger. Over 270,000 tonnes of perfectly edible surplus food is thrown away each year. We want to see that food put to good use.

FareShare Yorkshire was formed in 1998 to help tackle the food poverty issues accross the county by redistributing surplus food across the region. FareShare Yorkshire source and redistribute quality, in date surplus food which would otherwise have go to waste, we turn an environmental problem into a social solution. Here’s how we do it:

1We take quality, in date surplus food…

The vast majority of food waste occurs in the supply chain- before it even reaches the supermarket. Working with the FareShare network we save quality surplus food from food retailers at both a regional and national level- over 675 tonnes per year, and growing!


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2Receive it at our Barnsley and Leeds warehouses…

We receive deliveries every day at our warehouses which our team of  volunteers and staff sort and store. We in turn provide employability support to our volunteers- our way of saying a big thank you.

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3And distribute it to charity members in our community…

Our volunteers then redistribute to over 192 charities, schools and community groups accross Yorkshire. Community groups can sign up to receive weekly orders of food from us to cover their main food needs, and we can complement this with extra surplus collections from their local supermarket.

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4Who transform the food into nutritious meals for those in need

In 2017/18 we redistributed enough food for over 1.6 million meals. The organisations we support provide vital services alongside food services. They range from homeless shelters to women’s support charities, and from disability charities to school breakfast clubs, across just about every area or support for individuals.


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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