Food For Thought – Food from Fighting

In the January news ‘Surplus operational army ration packs’ are to be donated by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to 1100051 FaresShare. It is anticipated that this food will then be distributed for cooking by local charities to support the needy.

FareShare is a charity consisting of 20 Regional Centres  aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. It does this by rescuing good quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to almost 10,000 charity and community groups across the United Kingdom

FareShare manages 3 key centres and provides a network of third-party independent of other charities with central support. FareShare also provides a service, known as  FoodCloud, which reduces store level food waste and contributes £2m to the charities income.

Similar Food Sharing Charities to investigate include:
1146847 – FARESHARE LEICESTER
1075477 -FARESHARE YORKSHIRE LIMITED
1134423 –  FOODCYCLE
1159512 –  THE WASTE AND RESOURCES ACTION PROGRAMME (WRAP)
 1110522 – THE TRUSSELL TRUST

Observations.

  • The FareShare charity seems to well connected within the sector and to its important supporters.
  • Waste elimination and better use of resources is a political high profile cause and likely to continue attracting attention and support.
  • FareShare externally seems to be financially well set up and in a position to deliver on its objectives.
  • Income from individuals is not critical so in our opinion support should be directed towards the  charities delivering the food and service.

2 Comments

  • 24hr 1 man army food ration pack 13000kj Identical to the product used by the Australian Army except without the toilet paper and sports bar. The Hungerbuster meals are not freeze dried which require re-hydration with water and a longer preparation time compared to these meals that are ready-to-eat and include chunks of REAL food making this …

  • Ration packs include cutlery, a variety of self-heating main meals, with dessert and snacks. 12-hour ration packs provide around 2150 calories. 24-hour ration packs are made of 3 main meals, and snacks totally approximately 4000 calories, adequate to provide energy for one active person for 24 hours. Most ration packs include a hot drink.