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.
WORK WITH US TO ENSURE GOOD FOOD GOES TO THOSE WHO NEED IT & NOT TO LANDFILL.
We’ve operated the FareShare model -
FareShare Northern Ireland 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',
ABOUT OUR WORK
and we are guided by the belief that food that can be eaten should go to people first.
We have been re-
LAST YEAR, WE DELIVERED 460,000 MEALS (192 TONNES OF FOOD) 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. 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
Click on link below to see how Fareshare NI operate the Fareshare model across N.Ireland
it to more than 75 organisations across the country.
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We currently provide weekly deliveries of surplus food to 70 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
29 April 2015: David McNarry, MLA (UKIP): NI needs it’s own ‘right to buy’ scheme.
Belfast Telegraph online, ‘Debate NI’ opinion piece. Read it here.
Abbey House, Apex
Be Safe Be Well, Men’s Shed, L'vady
Building Ballysally Together
Cedar Foundation, Belfast
Edward Street Hostel
Family Caring Centre
Footprints Women's Centre
Glens Luncheon Club, Cushendall
Global Kitchen S.Belfast Roundtable
House in the Wells
Lakes Vineyard, Enniskillen
Lecale SUG, Downpatrick
Millburn Community Assocation
Mountainview, St Vincent de Paul
Oasis Causeway, Coleraine
Ormeau Centre, Extern
Saol Ur, Surestart Springfield
Secret Garden, Praxis
Simon Community, Newry
St Vincent de Paul, Cookstown
Stella Maris, DePaul
**organisations receive service for multiple projects. Membership listed accurate as of April 2015.
Interested in becoming a CFM?
contact Méabh Austin to find out more.
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-
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-
Interested in becoming a partner?
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 in areas such as Food Hygiene, Fork Lift driving and Health and Safety
By being actively involved in the daily running of our Belfast 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”
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“There is a real feel good factor in delivering the food. Before I started, I was anxious about whether I could do the job, but the training and continued support the FareShare team gave me was excellent. I’ve even learnt new skills since I’ve been here!”
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.
“Socially it has developed my skills for future jobs”
See right, for some of their stories.
THE IMPACT OF OUR WORK
A recent Social Return On Investment (SROI) evaluation, conducted by 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”
31% of the overall value was accrued by our volunteers.
service users reported:
Scroll down to read about our volunteers…
Scroll down to read about the results of a recent, independent evaluation of our work…
Feb 2016: Belfast City councillor Julie-
Agenda NI online article, here.
Jan 2016: Fareshare NI annual evaluation
A summary of our annaul evaluation (conducted with CFMs). View here
04 May 2015: food bank data: complicated yes; exaggerated, no.
Recent reports that 1.1m people visited Trussell food banks last year stoked controversy, but the measure is basically sound. Society Guardian blog
23 April 2015: How to fix the UK's poverty problem? Listen to people at a food bank
01 April 2015: evaluation of Fareshare NI published.
A recent Social Return On Investment (SROI) evaluation, conducted by Gauge NI, clearly demonstrates the massive impact of our work. Read it.
01 March 2015: Fareshare NI evaluation report launch
Flyer with details of upcoming launch of the report stemming from the recent evaluation of Fareshare NI’s activities.
01 Dec 2014: Fareshare NI wins WHO award.
It was triple awards success when we received top prize in the 'Promoting Health Equity' category at the WHO's Belfast Healthy City Awards.
30 November 2014: Fareshare NI wins Belfast City Council Award.
The second of three recent awards, we received Judges Special Award (Belfast City Council).
30 November 2014: Fareshare NI wins Waste Reduction Project of the Year Award
The first of three recent awards, we received Waste Reduction Project of the Year Award at the 2014 annual UTV Business Eye Awards.
08 Aug 2014: Belfast Telegraph article about Fareshare NI -
Read the article online here.
29 Aug 2014: CHNI Fareshare recruiting for vacant post.
We are currently recruiting for Deputy Manager at our Belfast depot. Go to 'sector vacancies' on homepage for details.
Hard Times reports provide evidence gathered by communities themselves on the impact of austerity and cuts on families and young people across NI between July 2012-
University College Dublin report exploring the ‘The poverty effects of a "Fat-
Recent SROI evaluation, carried out by Gauge NI shows impact of the Fareshare NI model.
Oxfam (2014). Below the Breadline: The relentless rise of food poverty in Britain
Parliament Briefing (2014) Food banks and food poverty. Standard Note: SN06657
Last updated: 9 April 2014
Sheffield University report (Feb 2015)
Covering the period 2012-
Bristol City Council (2013). Food poverty: what does the evidence tell us?
Coventry University (2013). The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network: Exploring the Growth of Foodbanks Across the UK.
Belfast Trust (2011). Food and food poverty in NI: Some key facts
Barnardos (2013). Families in need of food parcels -
Oxfam (2013). Walking the breadline: the scandal of food poverty in 21st century Britain
Advice NI (2013). Turning the Tide: The Growth of Food Banks in Northern Ireland,
Climate NI (2013). Food Poverty in NI
CHNI FareShare (2010). Summary of available poverty data -
Food Standards Agency NI (2006). Research into food poverty and homelessness in Northern Ireland.
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Interested in volunteering?
contact the Development Co-
3rd Floor, Andras House,
60 Great Victoria St, Belfast, BT2 7BB.
Tel: 02890 246440
contact the depot
Depot Ops Manager
Building 14, Unit 3, Central Park Ind.Est., Mallusk, Newtownabbey BT36 4FS
Tel: 02890 332 230
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