Run by EMERGE 3RS, FareShare Greater Manchester is the leading charity in Manchester dedicated to fighting hunger and food waste, turning an environmental problem into a social solution. We redistribute quality surplus food from retailers to over 350 charities and community groups to ensure that quality meals are provided to those who may otherwise go without. The Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group states that there are 620k people in food poverty, of which 180k are children and young people. Due to the pandemic, increasing fuel costs, changes to benefits, wage stagnation and higher unemployment, this number is expected to rise sharply in coming months, resulting in an even higher demand for the services that we provide.
The groups we provide food to are experts in using it to engage with people who are struggling to cope with life on low, erratic or no incomes and help them address the underlying causes of poverty such as providing additional services or referrals for debt advice to help with household costs such as fuel. By working together, we ensure homeless and isolated people get hot meals, pensioners get together at luncheon clubs, schools provide breakfasts, play schemes give out packed lunches, and food parcels reach people with little or no incomes and importantly gain access to services to help them with their needs.