The food retailer is partnering with FareShare to cut waste and fight hunger in the South West

SPAR South West’s primary distributor, Appleby Westward Ltd, has partnered with FareShare South West and Gregorys Logistics to play a key role in redistributing surplus food to those in need.

With warehouses in Plymouth and Bristol, FareShare South West rescues good, surplus food from local food suppliers and delivers it to more than 400 charities, food banks and community groups – from Gloucester to Cornwall.

Lucy Bearn, CEO of FareShare South West, said: “The charities we support represent many thousands of people living with food insecurity, while good quality, in-date food is often wasted – so we’re delighted to be partnering with SPAR Appleby Westward to support charities, schools and community hubs across Cornwall and Devon with more food.”

The team-up of FareShare, Appleby Westward Ltd, and Gregory Logistics is all about a collective commitment to cutting food waste going to landfills by sharing surplus food and tackling local hunger, the firms said.

Michal Czynienik, trading manager at Appleby Westward Ltd, said: “This collaboration marks a significant milestone in our efforts to support local communities and reduce food waste. Through this partnership, we will enhance our impact on society while fostering stronger relationships within our community.”

In Cornwall, one in five children live in poverty. In Bristol, it’s one in three, he added.