FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 17 independent organisations. Together, they take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups. You may be able to receive support from them with food. There are two ways this can be accessed:
- FareShare regional centres – This is usually a paid service, but some help is available during the current crisis. Food can be delivered or collected and is generally in decent quantity. Although its surplus you should get a great mix of food types – the average organisation served by this part of their business serves around 90 service users.
Applications can be made via https://fareshare.org.uk/getting-food/fareshare-membership/
- FareShareGo – This is their back of store surplus collections directly from retailers. Although some stores have high quantity’s of food the average donation is usually around the 15-20KG mark (depending on which retailer you collect from). This service is always free and usually suited to smaller groups serving less people. This said, and capacity allowing, there is nothing to stop a group making multiple collections from multiple retailers seven days a week. This food always needs collecting directly.
Applications can be made via https://fareshare.org.uk/getting-food/fareshare-go-support/
National Business Response Network
There is a great opportunity for charities to receive non-financial business support for COVID-19 relief work from the National Business Response Network.
This is an initiative led by Business in the Community and is a platform which provides an opportunity for businesses to offer support, and for charities & community organisations to ask for help. So far, the network has matched over 2,000 community needs with offers of business support.
You can find out more and apply for business assistance here: https://businessresponsecovid.org.uk/.
Voluntary Sector Community Emergency Partnership (VCSEP)
The VCSEP support service matches local voluntary and community organisations with transportation, PPE, volunteers, funding advice, mental health support, specialist training and further guidance.
The VCSEP brings together local, national and global expertise from across the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) to improve the coordination of efforts before, during and after emergencies.
The VCSEP is co-chaired by the British Red Cross and the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA). Members include Business in the Community, St John Ambulance, Salvation Army, the National Emergencies Trust (NET), Muslim Charities Forum and Team Rubicon, as well as government representatives from the Cabinet Office, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).