Menu
 

You are on the Natcen site

Click here for Scotcen

natcen map

You are on the Natcen site

Click here for Scotcen

natcen map

Saving money, improving lives: Survey of FareShare’s Community Food Members

Family mealtime
Researchers: Susan Reid, Ian Simpson
Published: February 2016

Aim

FareShare redistributes surplus food from the food industry to a network of charities and community projects (Community Food Members, or CFMs). The research was conducted to provide independent evidence on the impact that FareShare’s food provision has from the perspective of its Community Food Members.

Findings

  • FareShare provides charities with valuable additional food resources, worth around £16 million based on CFMs estimates.
  • The provision of food from FareShare supports charities to reinvest around £2.3 million in other areas, like recreational activities for clients, lifeskills training, and general overheads. 
  • Charities and community projects estimated that if they had to purchase food they currently receive from FareShare, this would cost £152 per week or a yearly cost of £7,900 per charity.
  • 19% of CFMs said they would definitely or probably have to close without help from FareShare.
  • Without the current supply of FareShare food:
    • 58% of charities surveyed thought they might have to reduce the amount of food they provide to clients,
    • 25% thought they might have to cut back other services,
    • 12% thought they might have to reduce staff numbers.

You can download the full report, the summary report and the appendices.

Methods

The research involved an online and telephone survey of Community Food Members and was carried out from 17 April – 18 May 2015. A total of 568 CFMs completed the survey, either online or over the phone - a response rate of 56%. This makes it the biggest survey of FareShare CFMs to date.