Can you help tackle food waste and bring hope to people facing food poverty with FareShare, the UK’s longest-running food redistribution charity supporting charities and community groups across the UK?
FareShare is the UK’s longest-running food redistribution charity. We were born out of the belief that no good food should go to waste, especially when people are going hungry. This belief is as central to our work now as it was 25 years ago.
FareShare turns an environmental problem into social good by giving surplus food to frontline charitable organisations in local communities to tackle hunger and its causes. These vital charities and community groups create meals for individuals who are homeless, unemployed and socially isolated. At FareShare, we believe that no good food should go to waste.
FareShare is responsible for sourcing food and operating the supply chain and logistics to deliver that food to the 36 warehouses in the FareShare network across the UK. They provide operational support to the warehouses and promote the sharing of best practice across the network especially in the areas of health and safety and efficiency improvement.
With food inflation and the cost-of-living crisis in the UK, more people than ever suffer from food poverty, so FareShare’s vital role in sourcing and providing food to vulnerable people is critical. We work with over 500 companies across the food chain from farmers to hauliers, hospitality chains to supermarkets, and big brands to small, independent producers, and, during 2021-22, we supported 9,462 charities who in turn supported an estimated 985,933 people.
The total income for 2021/22 was £20.3m against total expenditure of £18.1m. It is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered with the Charity Commission.
It is an exciting time to join the board with our new Chief Executive, George Wright, Marks & Spencer Commercial Director of Food joining in July 2023 and to be involved in the review and creation of our next strategic plan in 2024.
The board plays an invaluable role in supporting our work to retain and build long-term partnerships with the redistribution sector and the UK food industry to access more surplus food; ensures sufficient income is generated to be financially sustainable; monitors the professionalisation of the organisation so that it fully supports front line delivery and keeps pace with growth; and that the charity retains a focus on our vision – No good food goes to waste, and our mission – To maximise the social value of surplus food.
FareShare is looking for trustees who share our vision and are passionate about our commitment to end food poverty and waste. In particular, we seek individuals operating at board level who bring strategic and senior professional experience in a range of areas including:
Trustees are appointed for a three-year term and can stand for re-election for up to two further terms. The board is responsible for agreeing strategy and annual budgets and oversight of policies, risk management and controls. The board operates with three committees:
We need you to have sufficient personal time to commit to the responsibilities of the role. You will be expected to attend each of the six to eight meetings of the board, held each year and meetings of any sub-committee or working group you agree to join. Some meetings can be attended virtually but you are encouraged to attend in person whenever possible.
Also, be prepared to undertake reasonable background reading and be available for consultation on key decision-making issues or on matters where you have particular expertise.
We hope our new trustees can join the board at the meeting on 12th October 2023.
We believe that no good food should go to waste. We redistribute surplus food to charities that turn it into meals.
FareShare was co-founded by the homeless charity Crisis and Sainsbury’s with the first depot opened in London. Over the next 10 years it expanded by opening regional centres across the UK using a social franchise model and in 2004, became an independent charity.
The charity has expanded significantly and now operates with 36 centres. It has won numerous awards including ‘Britain’s Most Admired Charity’ and Charity of the Year at the Third Sector and the Charity Times awards.
No good food goes to waste
To maximise the social value of surplus food
Millions of tonnes of good food is wasted by the UK food industry every year. At the same time, millions of people are struggling to afford to eat. Our work addresses these two issues by redistributing food industry surplus, which would otherwise go to waste, to the people who need it most.
Over 3 million tonnes of food wasted across the food industry each year is good-to-eat when it’s discarded.
That good-to-eat wasted food is enough for an estimated 7 billion meals. That food should be helping frontline organisations support their communities, rather than going to waste.
Meanwhile, over 13 million people in the UK struggle to get enough
to eat (9.3 million adults and 4 million children). Those numbers have soared as a result of the cost-of-living crisis. There are more people in food insecurity now than there were at the height of the pandemic.
We strengthen communities by taking good food, that would otherwise go to waste, and getting it to local charities who use it to support people in their communities. The organisations we support cover 99% of the UK with 57% operating in the most deprived 30% of areas in the UK.
Getting food to people helps avoid long-term costs to health and social services. Research by The University of Hertfordshire into FareShare’s Social Return on Investment found that our work saves the UK £225 million per year – meaning every £1 invested in FareShare delivers £5.72 in social value.
FareShare is designed to take large volumes of surplus food from the food industry. We then divert it to our UK-wide network of 8,500 frontline charities and community groups.
FareShare has 25 years of experience working with the food industry to get good quality surplus onto the plates of vulnerable people.
We work with more than 500 companies across the supply chain – from farmers to hauliers, hospitality chains to supermarkets, and big brands to small, independent producers.
To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.
Please ensure that your application is emailed to email@example.com inserting “FareShare – Trustee” into the subject field.
For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:
Liz Holderness | firstname.lastname@example.org | 07872 031079
We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.
All applications will be considered solely on merit.
Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.
Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 29th August 2023
Candidates to be informed of outcome: By 5 p.m. Wednesday 6th September 2023
Interviews: Tuesday 12th September 2023, Thursday 14th September 2023, Wednesday 20th September 2023 or Thursday 21st September 2023
Peridot and FareShare are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We will send you an equality monitoring survey at the point of receiving your application, in the interview phase and at the time of placement. This ensures that our processes remain inclusive and equitable throughout, and provides us with important data to help us showcase our impact.
The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018.
The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.