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More than meals: Making a difference with FareShare food

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Researchers: Ian Montagu, Susan Reid
Published: December 2016

Aim

To provide evidence on the direct impact of the work of FareShare on the lives of those who receive the food FareShare redistributes.

You can read the report here, or an overview of the findings below.

How does Fareshare work?

FareShare redistributes food from retailers, manufacturers and producers that would otherwise go to waste to almost 2,500 local charities and community groups, termed 'Community Food Members', across the UK. These organisations transform this food into nutritious meals for over 211,000 vulnerable people each week.

Findings 

  • More than half of clients, 57%, said they regularly ate their main meal of the day at the Community Food Member.
  • Clients eat more fruit, vegetables, meat, bread and cereals since accessing the Community Food Member.
  • The majority of clients say that eating at the Community Food Member has a positive impact on both their physical wellbeing, 52% and mental wellbeing, 92%.
  • 82% say that eating a meal at the Community Food Member makes them feel part of a community.
  • 75% of clients save money as result of eating at a Community Food Member.

Methods 

This report presents findings from a survey of 1,028 individual Community Food Members from across the UK.