Surplus fresh produce sought for school breakfast clubs

Food charity FareShare is asking fresh fruit suppliers to provide surplus produce for a school breakfast programme restarting in the new term.

Image: FareShare
Image: FareShare

FareShare already works in partnership with AMT Fruit, IPL, Mack, Richard Hochfeld, Rodanto and Worldwide Fruit, but is keen to partner with more fresh fruit suppliers to redistribute surplus produce that may be "slightly less than perfect" but still good to eat, it said.

FareShare commercial manager Colin Burcombe said: "No matter how efficient food businesses are, it's inevitable that at some point they will find themselves with surplus produce for a whole host of reasons, from weather changes to order changes or produce becoming out of spec.

"We're appealing to fruit fresh suppliers to work with us to ensure their surplus is put to the best possible use, so that children can enjoy a healthy start to the day and a good start in life."

During the last school year, the number of children's breakfast clubs supported by FareShare grew by 14 per cent to 324 clubs, with fruit particularly in demand because it is healthy and easy to serve. Demand is expected to grow further as more schools join the NHS' Sugar Smart programme.

Suppliers interested in working with FareShare should visit or email

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