For food emergency support, visit Shropshire Larder

Are you a business with
surplus food to donate?

If you have surplus food, we can help you to reduce the amount of food you have to waste. We can also collect it from you at a time to suit you.

We collect:

  • Bakery items
  • Fruit & veg
  • Dairy products e.g. milk, cheese, butter, cream, yoghurts
  • Fresh meat, fish & eggs
  • Chilled food & frozen food

If you’re unsure if your food is eligible, please get in touch with the team to learn more.

We accept one-off donations

As well as regular donations, we’re always happy to accept one-off donations. These can be from businesses, as well as groups and individuals when they have a glut of fruit or vegetables. This could be produce they’ve grown in their garden or allotment.

We can put most food to good use, so please get in touch.

Frequently asked questions

Is Shrewsbury Food Hub a food bank?

Shrewsbury Food Hub is not a food bank. Everyone is welcome to come to our Foodshares. We are an environmental charity that collects good surplus food from local suppliers to save it from going to waste. The food is redistributed to local groups who can put it to good use and to community Foodshares where everyone is welcome to collect a few bags of food. What we do benefits planet and people. Find your nearest Foodshare here. If you are in financial crisis and need food parcels, household items or free debt and money advice, support and information is available at Shropshire Larder.

What kind of surplus food do you accept?

We accept bakery items, fruit + veg, eggs, dairy products (e.g. milk, cheese, butter, cream, yoghurts), fresh meat and fish, chilled food (e.g. ready meals), and frozen food. We can put most food to good use.

How much surplus food is out there?

Globally, a third of all food produced is thrown away. When food is wasted, so is the water, energy, labour, transportation, manufacture, and packaging. If food waste were a country, it would be the third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after the USA and China. Experts have concluded that reducing food waste is the third most effective solution to fighting climate change. We are a small charity from a small town making a big impact on the challenge we face – by redistributing surplus food we are helping planet and people.

How many people does Shrewsbury Food Hub help?

Based on feedback from our community partners and Foodshares, we estimate that our food reaches at least 3,300 people a week.

I heard the Food Hub buys in extra surplus, is that right?

Our mission is to redistribute surplus food that we collect from local suppliers for environmental and social good. We save surplus food from going to waste and share it with our local community – benefiting planet and people. During Covid, we switched to a 7-day a week operation, set up more Foodshare tables and became a member of Fareshare, which is a national organisation that intercepts and redistributes surplus food to support charities and community groups across the county. Our membership enabled us to access this surplus food to supplement the amount of food we were able to collect from local suppliers – the membership fee goes towards their redistribution costs. The surplus we collect from our nearest Fareshare in Birmingham increases the quantity and nutritional value of the food providing valuable support to our community during the pandemic. We had planned to stop the purchase of extra surplus from FareShare in April 2022, but due to the cost of living crisis and deepening economic pressure for families, we decided to continue this additional support, however, we regularly review this decision. As with all the surplus food that we put to good use, our Fareshare surplus is logged so that we can track the impact of our work environmentally, as environmental care is our main priority. Our carbon calculations are based on carbon embedded in each food type and we deduct emissions associated with our mileage (including trips to FareShare). In 2022/23, we saved 555 tonnes of CO2 at a cost of 18 tonnes of CO2. This means that for every tonne of CO2 we emit, we cause almost 30 tonnes of CO2 to be saved. For a small charity, we are making a big difference!

Give surplus food

For Food Supplier Enquiries

Please tell us what surplus food you have, is it ambient, chilled or frozen. What volumes do you have?

For Donations or funding enquiries

Thank you for getting in touch. Every penny we receive helps us rescue good surplus food for environmental and social good. Please let us know if you are an individual, company or grant maker, and how you would like to support us.

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You can call us on

07399 039292

Email us via

[email protected]

Find us

Depot: Unit 11, Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre, Vanguard Way, SY1 3TG. Office space: Roy Fletcher Centre, 17 Cross Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1JE.

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For food emergency support, visit Shropshire Larder