Food waste is a common occupational hazard of running a restaurant, grocery store, or manufacturing plant. It contributes to an astonishing three million tons of food are thrown away in the United Kingdom. We waste about 40% of our food in the United States.

A hybrid of “a charity and social enterprise,” FareShare in the UK is working to address this problem while feeding those in need at the same time. The nonprofit organization has 17 depots to store the groceries donated by some of the nation’s major purveyors like Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Nestl√©.

Volunteers help FareShare with gathering and organizing groceries to be sent to 720+ charities. These charities signed on and pay an annual fee as members, in order to have access to scheduled food deliveries. According to FareShare chief executive Linsay Boswell, the value of the food they get is between 10 and 13 times the price of their annual subscription, and saves them a combined £8m a year.

[via The Guardian]