About us

FareShare Yorkshire works in partnership with the UK’s largest food charity, FareShare. We are part of a network of 25 regional centres located across the UK, of which ours operate in Leeds and Barnsley.

We are a community of independent franchised charities, all fighting the same issues: hunger, food insecurity issues and food waste. 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 across the county by redistributing surplus food across the region. We source and redistribute quality, in date surplus food which would otherwise have gone 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. In Yorkshire this is over 2,700 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 400 charities, schools and community groups across Yorkshire. Community groups can sign up to receive weekly orders of food from us to cover their main food needs.

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

Over the last 12 months we redistributed enough food for 4.2 million meals. The organisations we support provide vital services alongside food services. They range from homeless shelters to women’s refuges, and from disability charities to school breakfast clubs, across just about every area or support for individuals.


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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