Move On’s FareShare Glasgow and the West of Scotland works with the food and drink industry to minimise fit-for-purpose surplus, fresh, frozen and long-life food going to waste and distribute it to not-for-profit organisations working with the most vulnerable people in the community across Glasgow and the West.
Thousands of tonnes of perfectly good, in-date food is wasted each year due to production and packaging errors, out of date promotions, discounted lines, veg not up to spec etc. At the same time, there are over 4 million people throughout the UK who cannot afford a healthy diet, among them homeless people, elderly people, children, refugees and people suffering mental and physical health problems. FareShare Glasgow and the West of Scotland aims to address this imbalance by redistributing quality surplus food.
FareShare Glasgow and the West of Scotland was set up initially on a pilot basis in late 2011 to work with a selection of community groups in and around Glasgow City. We now provide support to organisations such as hostels, day centres, lunch clubs, addiction agencies, young people’s projects and refugee centres and we are moving into new areas in the West of Scotland.
Our aim is to deliver a food service to those who need it most, contributing to a great number of meals for those most vulnerable in the community. The food encourages disadvantaged people into an environment where they can receive appropriate support and enables recipient organisations to reinvest funds into improving services such as housing advice, medical services and training on nutrition, food hygiene and more, which help people to rebuild their lives. Our service enables these organisations to continue to support vulnerable people and also enables them to redirect their funds into improving their own services.
FareShare Glasgow and the West of Scotland supports the most vulnerable people in the community by supplying a network of not-for-profit organisations, known as Community Food Members, from our Glasgow warehouse.
We are also in the process of setting up “spokes” across the West of Scotland – collection points for local organisations in those areas. We have already set up these spokes:
- North Lanarkshire
We are keen to establish spokes in other areas of need across our region (see map).
Apply to become a Community Food Member
Charities or other organisations that use and/or prepare food and drink to help people in need can join FareShare Glasgow and the West of Scotland as Community Food Members.
The food we receive is donated free to us and we donate it free to the Community Food Members. In turn they have to provide it free to their service users (although they can charge a nominal charge to cover their costs)
To access the food Community Food Members are asked to pay an annual membership of at least £1,000 per year. This is a vital income source for Move On, allowing us to rent a depot, lease vans and forklift trucks, contribute to our volunteer costs and employ staff who sort, store and manage the food.
If you represent a local not-for-profit/community/voluntary group which may be interested in receiving food from FareShare Glasgow and the West of Scotland:
Please contact FareShare Glasgow on 0141 958 1133 to speak to a member of staff or
FareShare also offers employability opportunities.
In the 12 months to 31/3/17:
Value of meals (£)
CO2 saved (tonnes)
Many thanks to Glasgow West End today
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