Albert Bartlett has now diverted an amazing 4,200 tonnes of surplus potatoes to FareShare. This is the equivalent of 10 million meals worth of potatoes, which have fed people in need across the whole country.
In 2022, a total of 4433 charities across the country received Albert Bartlett potatoes, supporting a range of people including those on low income, families and those experiencing homelessness.
Determined not to let them go to waste, Albert Bartlett sends surplus potatoes to FareShare sites across the United Kingdom. From here they are delivered out to charities and community groups like Empty Kitchens Full Hearts in Edinburgh who turn them into tasty hot meals or add them to food parcels.
“Potatoes are a staple of our dishes at Empty Kitchens Full Hearts – a favourite of mine is our leek and potato soup, which we make 150 litres of at a time,” says Luke Ball, Packing Manager at Empty Kitchens Full Hearts. The Edinburgh-based charity provides home delivered meal packs as well as a hot lunch service every Friday for anyone facing food insecurity.
“We’re incredibly grateful for our partnership with Albert Bartlett,” said Lindsay Boswell, FareShare Chief Executive. “Their support has enabled us to provide 10 million meals worth of good-to-eat surplus to the million plus people our network of charities support across the UK. Their support for FareShare is not only helping people most impacted by the cost of living crisis, but also helps support our mission to tackle food waste.”