FareShare – Million Meal Appeal

FareShare - Million Meal Appeal

For most of us Christmas is a time to get together with family around the dinner table. But not everyone in the UK has the luxury of safe, nutritious food, which is why we work with FareShare to give food to those less fortunate at Christmas and throughout the year. Over the Christmas fortnight alone we’ll provide 375,000 meals to those in need.

Million Meal Appeal

Sainsbury’s has been working with FareShare for over 18 years, fighting hunger and tackling food waste in its supply chain.

Watch our video to see where the food goes…

Fighting hunger

Did you know an estimated 5.8 million people in the UK live in deep poverty and struggle to afford basic foods? Our work with FareShare helps distribute surplus food to community groups across the country including homeless charities, children’s clubs and women’s refuges.

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Who are FareShare?

FareShare is a national charity that tackles food poverty and waste. It provides quality food to 700 organisations including shelters and hostels, day-care centres, and breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children. Believing ‘no good food should be wasted’, it redistributes surplus food from Sainsbury’s and other organisations.

How is Sainsbury’s helping?


We’ve been working with FareShare for 18 years, donating safe and nutritious surplus food which is either past its display until date or has damaged packaging. We launched our Million Meal Appeal in November 2011 and, with your help and our pledge to match donations, donated 1.2 million meals in a single day that year. For our second Million Meal Appeal in October 2012 you kindly donated a million meals – and we matched it. That’s 2 million meals to feed those in need.

Help people like Stuart


Stuart was sleeping rough on the streets of London until he was taken in by one of the FareShare community organisations supported by our Million Meal Appeal.

Find out how Stuart turned his life around, including getting a job at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Read Stuart ‘s story