Due to the great success of our previous fundraising initiatives, Gate One has decided to begin a new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partnership with UK-based charity FareShare. As we continue to grow as a firm, it is increasingly important to us that we offer our support to more charities delivering life-changing programmes to their local communities.
So who is FareShare and what do they do? Let’s start with the problem that they are trying to solve. 1.9 million tonnes of food is wasted by the UK food industry every year. At the same time, 8.4 million people in the UK struggle to feed themselves, that’s equivalent to the entire population of London. FareShare addresses both of these issues by redistributing food industry surplus, which would otherwise go to waste, to the people who need it most.
As the UK’s largest charity fighting food waste and hunger, FareShare is on a mission to ensure good food doesn’t go to waste. They redistribute food around the UK to over 9,500 charities and community groups, who then turn it into meals for vulnerable people. This includes Homeless Shelters, Dementia Lunch Clubs, Breakfast Clubs, Holiday Hunger, Domestic Violence Refuges and Rehabilitation Centres. Last year, FareShare distributed enough food for 36.7 million meals.
We kicked off this new partnership at the annual Gate One Christmas Party, by holding a charity raffle. With a range of amazing prices, we were able to raise almost £3,000, which was split between FareShare and our existing CSR partner, Coin Street. We also recently held our infamous annual pub quiz, where we raised just over £1,600 for the two charities.
We’ll have plenty more fundraising opportunities over the coming year and I’m excited to see what else we can achieve together, to benefit those who are struggling to eat in the UK and supporting local youth in through Coin Street.