Set up in 2001, Fareshare Dundee is one of 12 projects working in partnership with the national food charity FareShare to reduce food poverty in the UK.
Every day, homeless and vulnerable individuals receive nutritiously balanced meals, thanks to FareShare Dundee. The project collects/receives surplus quality food, including fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products from suppliers and retailers, such as Bartletts, Baxters, C J Lang, Greggs, Kettle Produce, and Nestle. The food, which would otherwise end up in landfill, is 'fit for purpose' but surplus due to packaging errors, over production or proximity to shelf life. FareShare redistributes these supplies, free of charge, to community organisations providing residential and day services for disadvantaged groups of people in Dundee, Perth & Kinross and Angus.
Not only does fareshare provide an essential service providing homeless and vulnerable individuals with nutritiously balanced meals but it also offers valuable training and volunteering opportunities to many of our service users as well as others in the community.
FareShare's work is mostly carried out by a team of volunteers, many of whom are hostel residents or former service users. The Volunteers undertake various tasks, including driving the vans to make collections and deliveries, loading and unloading the vehicles, stock control and ensuring the depot meets food hygiene standards. For many, FareShare provides them with a structured day along with meaningful activity. It helps them to establish more positive social networks, and provides opportunities to learn new skills, enhancing their employability.