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FARESHARE NI

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Fareshare NI is a regional food sharing network that aims to help vulnerable groups in food poverty by distributing surplus, 'fit for purpose' food, donated by the food industry, to member organisations who provide meals to disadvantaged groups across Northern Ireland.


NO GOOD FOOD SHOULD GO TO WASTE

ABOUT OUR WORK

WORK WITH US TO ENSURE GOOD FOOD GOES TO THOSE WHO NEED IT & NOT TO LANDFILL.


We’ve operated the FareShare model - a UK wide food sharing network that aims to help vulnerable groups in food poverty by distributing surplus, 'fit for purpose' food - under license, across NI, since 2011.


FareShare NI is directly tackling food poverty in Northern Ireland by collecting surplus food from industry and redistributing it to charities that are providing meals to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, including low income families, senior citizens, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, at risk young people and homeless people.


We work hard to promote the message that 'No Good Food Should Be Wasted', and we are guided by the belief that food

that can be eaten should go to people first.


We have been re-distributing surplus food amongst a network of member organisations across Northern Ireland from our Belfast food re-distribution centre since 2011.


LAST YEAR, WE PROVIDED OVER HALF A MILLION MEALS TO PEOPLE IN NEED.


By collecting surplus food from the food industry, and redistributing it to those providing meals to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, we are at the frontline of tackling food poverty in NI. For example, last year, we provided 508,569 meals (equating to 214 tonnes of food) to people in need.


The depot has been operating successfully for over five years and is currently diverting over 3.5 tonnes of food


from waste every week, delivering it to more than 75 organisations across the country.  


Fareshare NI is supported by the Food Standards Agency NI, the Public Health Agency NI, The Henry Smith Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation, amongst others.

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FIND OUT HOW FARESHARE NI OPERATE THE FARESHARE MODEL ACROSS NORTHERN IRELAND.

OUR MEMBERS

JOIN OUR FIGHT AGAINST FOOD POVERTY AND SAVE ON YOUR FOOD BILLS!


We currently provide weekly deliveries of surplus food to 78 member organisations (known as Community Food Members or CFMs) across Northern Ireland which are working to alleviate food poverty.


As a result of FareShare NI, members can ensure that their service users receive healthy meals, as well as make savings on their food bill, diverting money to other areas of service provision.


CFMs and, ultimately, their service users benefit from redistributed food. This has been clearly demonstrated by a recent independent evaluation of the project.


More than just food, CFMs receive the ongoing support and experience of our team.

WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY:


“FareShare NI has made a huge difference to us….the food we receive enables us to provide healthy meals to clients attending our centre”




“If it wasn’t for FareShare NI, this group would not have existed due to lack of funds and these people would have still been in a rut, eating unhealthy food with poor nutritional value.”  




“We saved £1000 in 14 months, allowing us to replace important equipment..”  




“Fareshare NI allowed us to provide extra meals outside our food budget”

LIST OF CURRENT MEMBERS


Membership listed accurate as of December 2017


040 Cookstown LTD

Abbey House (Apex)

Atlas Womens Centre

Beneath His Wings

Bovalley Community Association

Building Ballysally

Causeway Coast Vineyard

Cedar Foundation

Clarendon Shelter

Cuan Mhuire NI Limited

Damien House (First Housing)

Darkley House

Dry Arch Childrens Centres

East Belfast Mission

Edward St (Simon Community)

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INTERESTED

IN BECOMING

A CFM?

Contact Méabh Austin to find out more.


02890 246440

Mail: meabh@chni.org.uk?subject=enrolling as a CFM - query from website

INFO

LEAFLET

OUR PARTNERS

THE FOOD INDUSTRY TRUST US.


Although a relatively new project, we already work with many established food companies. Currently we have 40 industry partners, who trust us to ensure that no good food goes to waste. We work closely with them to rescue fit-for-purpose surplus food which cannot be sold, and re-distribute it to local charities and community groups who work with those experiencing food poverty across Northern Ireland.


We ensure a safe, environmentally friendly and ethical solution for surplus food by feeding people in need and simultaneously reducing landfill and carbon emissions. We offer local retail networks, suppliers and producers a safe and ethical solution for the disposal of surplus food.


Our depot is EHO registered, and can handle chilled or frozen product with full temperature control, food safety, and traceability assurance. The depot is managed by a dedicated, well trained team of staff and volunteers.

As well as providing food producers with a safe, environmentally friendly and ethical solution to the disposal of waste, FareShare NI provides 70+ volunteers with valuable work experience and training in areas such as Food Hygiene, Fork Lift driving and Health and Safety.



WHO ARE OUR INDUSTRY PARTNERS?


Although a relatively new project, we already work with many established food companies to redistribute quality surplus food to organisations supporting vulnerable people. See list right, (list accurate as of April 2016).


GET IN TOUCH…

If you work in the food industry and would like to know about what we do or how you can help, contact us. We'd love the opportunity to demonstrate the mutual benefits of working together to re-distribute fit-for-purpose surplus food which cannot be sold to those who need it.

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FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN BECOME A PARTNER WITH FARESHARE NI

Contact Declan McKillopp, Depot Manager, to find out more.


02890 332 230

Mail: declan.mckillop@fareshare-ioi.eu?subject=More information about becoming a partner - query from website

OUR VOLUNTEERS

WE CAN'T THANK OUR VOLUNTEERS ENOUGH.


As well as providing food producers with a safe, environmentally friendly and ethical solution to the disposal of waste, FareShare NI has provided 70+ volunteers with valuable work experience and training. For example, in the last year, we trained 32 volunteers in basic food hygiene (17), health and safety (11), and fork lift driving (4).  


“Socially it has developed my skills for future jobs”


By being actively involved in the daily running of our depot, and with deliveries to our CFMs throughout Northern Ireland, our volunteers are making a real difference to the lives of people living in food poverty.


“I feel more involved in the community”


Our volunteers come in all shapes and sizes and from all ages and backgrounds. Whatever their reason for volunteering, they are extremely committed to ensuring the good work of FareShare NI.  See some of their stories, below.



“There’s a real feel good factor in delivering the food…”



“The training and support the FareShare team gave me was excellent…”

VOLUNTEER STORIES

Read Sean’s story

Read Siobhan’s story

Read Joe's story

Read Neil’s story

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VOLUNTEER WITH US

Contact Greg Barr, Deputy Depot Manager, to find out more.

02890 332 230


Mail: greg@chni.org.uk?subject=More information about volunteering - query from website

THE IMPACT OF OUR WORK

An independently conducted Social Return On Investment (SROI) evaluation, (Gauge NI), clearly demonstrates the massive impact of our work. Key points are summarised in the flow chart below (move mouse over box). To download the evaluation and find out in more detail about the positive impact of Fareshare NI, click image or download button below.

The SOCIAL VALUE created as a result of this programme is considerable, equating to a Social Return on Investment of almost £1:£8

56% of the value was accrued directly by service users.


This equates to almost £494,000

“I feel that FareShare in beneficial as I am not going hungry every day”  


“As a single parent I think FareShare NI is a great help to people living on a budget”

service users reported:


31% of the overall value was accrued by our volunteers.

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