No good food should go to waste

FareShare NI is a Homeless Connect project, and part of the greater FareShare UK network. A network of charitable food distributors; we are the largest local food redistribution organisation in Northern Ireland.

We take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to frontline charities and community groups.

“FareShare NI has made a huge difference to us…the food we receive enables us to provide healthy meals to clients attending our centre”

The food we redistribute is nutritious and good to eat. It reaches charities across Northern Ireland including hostels, school breakfast clubs, older people’s lunch clubs, and community cafes.

Every week we provide enough food to create almost 40,000 meals for vulnerable people.

We believe that no good food should go to waste.
We redistribute surplus food to charities that turn it into meals. We are doers. We are a community. We change lives.

Our impact in 2022/23

76 volunteers

76 volunteers contributed a total of 14048 volunteer hours over the year, an average of 1170 per month and averaging 185 hours per volunteer. 

669 tonnes of food

This equates to almost 669 tonnes of food distributed across Northern Ireland.

1.6 million meals

Creating 1.6 million meals for people experiencing/ at risk of food poverty including those who were homelessness.

Getting food

If your organisation uses food to support people, then you can sign up to receive food from FareShare.

We have two options available:
1. A paid for delivery service with a FareShare Community Food Membership or,
2. The opportunity to collect free surplus food from your local supermarket through FareShare Go.

In order to receive food, your organisation must demonstrate that you are fit to provide a safe food service to your users. Don’t worry, we can help you reach these standards if you are not quite there yet.

You must:
– Register with your local council’s Environmental Health Department
– Be equipped to safely receive, store, prepare and serve or redistribute food
– Ensure staff supervising food handling and preparation must hold the IEHO Basic Food
Hygiene Course Certificate (or equivalent)
– Train staff and volunteers to handle food safely
– Adhere to food safety legislation and current good practice

If you are interested in receiving food from FareShare CONTACT US and one of our team will be in touch to assess your needs.

Please provide your organisation name, email address and contact number.  We will get back to you as soon as possible to talk to you about how we can provide your organisation with food.

“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.”

FareShare Community Food Membership
Download our membership pack to learn more about how we work.

Benefits of Community Food Membership include:
– Choose how much and what type of food you receive
– Get a regular supply of food
– We will support you on food safety
– We provide volunteer opportunities

Apply for membership
To apply to become a community food member please download and complete these 3 forms. Return them to us by email

Application form
Food safety assessment

FareShare Go
Benefits of FareShare Go include:
– Direct regular access to supermarket surplus food items
– No cost implications for your organisation
– Opportunity to build a relationship with your local supermarket

Register your interest in receiving food from FareShare GO. 

Volunteer with FareShare NI

Apply to volunteer today and become a Food Hero.

We are always on the lookout for volunteers to join our team based at Central Park Newtownabbey.  We are currently recruiting for warehouse volunteers.

Volunteering with FareShare Northern Ireland is a chance to give something back to your local community, join a friendly team and learn new skills.  Our team are responsible for sorting, storing and recording the food donated to the warehouse. They also assemble food orders for our community food members across Northern Ireland.

Every day is different, you will be part of a fun, welcoming team.

“I am really happy to have a chance to be a part of this brilliant charity, everyone has given me a warm welcome and supported me”  Kittiphup Phuphusit QUB placement student.

Contact Siobhan, Volunteer Co-ordinator to find out more. Call 02890 332 230  or register your interest here

Donate to FareShare NI

Every £1 donated could provide four meals for children in need.

We need donations more than ever to help us meet the increasing demand we are experiencing.

Over the last year we have seen demand for food increase dramatically, particularly among frontline organisations providing food to children and their families.

We urgently need your help to deliver more healthy, nutritious food to the food banks, community groups, activity schemes and schools supporting vulnerable children during this crisis.

Your help, however small, will make a huge difference.

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