Communities taking action to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty


Posted on22 Oct 2020

Across communities, there is a growing movement of people who are helping to reduce food waste and address food poverty in their communities.

Preventing food waste

FareShare is a charity which is working to tackle hunger and reduce food waste by redistributing surplus food to charities across the UK who then distribute this surplus food to people who really need it.

The surplus food is redistributed in various ways and can differ depending on the town or city the service is run from.

Although the way food is distributed may vary, it is clear that all distribution networks rely heavily on the hard work, passion and dedication of volunteers to make it happen. The charity is always looking for more volunteers to support so please get in touch with Fareshare.

Providing surplus food such as bread, fruit and vegetables can make a real difference to families and individuals who without it would need to miss meals or go hungry.

One example is Foxwood Community Hub who provide a drop-in service for families or individuals who can pick up a wider range of groceries that would have otherwise gone to waste. Each Wednesday and Friday, the community hub supports approximately 50 families and individuals.

Fareshare at Foxwood Community Hub every Wednesday and Friday

What's happening near you and when

In York, people across the city are working together to ensure food goes to good use by opening community spaces, and in some instances their own driveways, as places where people can turn up and take items of surplus food which is free of charge.

Abundance York also supply fruit picked from York gardens as they want to encourage people to share in the City’s fantastic free fruit harvest.

Here are the places you can pick up free food surplus by area.


  • Lidgett Grove Church, Tuesday & Friday from 9am
  • Foxwood Community Centre, Wednesday 1-2.30pm, Friday 9.30-11am
  • Sanderson Court Community House, 10am-12pm Thursdays
  • Danebury Drive Food Bank- now at Holy Redeemer Church, Boroughbridge Road, Wednesdays & Friday 11.30am-1.30pm

City Centre

  • York food justice alliance, Spark on Piccadilly, Tuesday 11.30am-12.30pm, Friday 11.30am-2.30, Saturday 10am-12pm


  • Luke’s Larder, St.Luke’s Church Hall, Wednesday 11am-12pm

The Groves

  • Door84, Lowther street, Wednesdays 12pm


  • Tang Hall Community Hub, Tang Hall Community Centre 11-2pm Wednesdays
  • Planet Food, Southlands Church, Southbank 11am-2pm

Huntington and New Earswick

  • Bell Farm Community Association, Bell Farm Social Hall, 7 days a week 12pm-5pm,
  • New Earswick Folk Hall, Tuesday 9am-10.30am

NB locations and times can be subject to change so please do contact the venue to confirm.


The Hartlepool Food Network aims to end food waste in Hartlepool by redistributing surplus food to community organisations working with people struggling to make ends meet. In practical terms, volunteers collect food items from suppliers and drop them off at our distribution point in Hartlepool.

Scarborough Community Fridge

The Scarborough Community Fridge runs various projects which are aimed at reducing avoidable food waste and providing safe and nutritious food freely available to everyone in the community, including those who are socially and/or economically disadvantaged. Facebook Scarborough Fridge.

The Rainbow Centre, Scarborough

The Centre now supports over 500 people per week and provides assistance on a diverse range of issues. They are a food and clothing bank, giving out these and other basic necessities.


In Selby the food bank operates a referral voucher system.

How you can help

If you would like to get involved by volunteering or by donating, then visit the following links for more information.