Bristol Energy and FareShare South West team up to fund 10,000 meals for local families

  • To celebrate Bristol Food Connections Week, we've come together with FareShare South West to raise money for 10,000 meals for local families.

The UK food industry wastes 1.9 million tonnes of food per year. Yet 8.4 million people in the UK can’t afford to eat.

In Bristol alone, more than 20,000 people use a food bank each year in the city, with more than 25 per cent of children living below the poverty line.

Switch to Bristol Energy using the code FARESHARE and we'll donate up to £30* to Fareshare.

FareShare is the UK’s largest charity food redistribution charity, fighting hunger and food waste, by redistributing quality, surplus food to community groups which need it most. This includes homeless hostels, lunch clubs for the elderly, domestic violence refuges, community cafés and children’s breakfast clubs.

We'll donate money every time someone switches their gas and electricity mentioning the charity when they join. We'll also provide energy efficiency advice and support to FareShare charity partners, and our colleagues will volunteer time to support the charity too.

Peter Haigh, Managing Director of Bristol Energy said:

“Food and fuel poverty are intrinsically linked. No one should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, or whether they can afford to cook it.

“Working with FareShare is one way we can help people young and old to get a good meal, and make the best use of food that would otherwise be wasted.”

Millpond Primary School receives food from FareShare South West each week for its breakfast club. Eight-year-old pupil, Andy, said: “I have beans every day to make me super smart!”

Julie, Millpond’s Breakfast Club Coordinator, said: “Thanks to FareShare South West, we can give our children a full breakfast and a proper start to the day. Three years ago we had 100 pupils on our persistent absence list. Now, we only have about 14.”

The campaign will be officially launched at FareShare South West’s 10th anniversary surplus feast at the Easton Community Centre on Thursday, June 14.

Julian Mines, CEO FareShare South West, said: "We are delighted that Bristol Energy have chosen to support FareShare South West. Many of the people who benefit from FareShare food are also experiencing fuel poverty, both issues which so often go unnoticed. The more we can do together to ensure people who are struggling have access to a hot, nutritious meal each day, the better."

Switch to Bristol Energy using the code FARESHARE and we'll donate up to £30* to Fareshare.