A leading UK charity has increased its North East presence by taking new premises in Middlesbrough following the acquisition of a 4,000 sq. ft unit.

FareShare Is the UK’s biggest charity tackling food waste for social good. It works with the food industry to take good-to-eat surplus food and redistribute it to a network of 8,500 charities and community groups nationwide. In 2022/23, the charity redistributed the equivalent of 128 million meals – four meals every second that helped to feed over one million people across the UK.

The unit on Cannon Park Way was officially opened by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and will become a new North East storage facility and hub and give the charity extra capacity.

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Jake Hanmore from FareShare North East said: “The need to help families and individuals across the North East is greater than ever and so the new premises couldn’t have come at a better time. We anticipate that 2024 is going to be an even busier year for the charity, so to have the extra space and a great location in the heart of the region will be a huge boost for our team.”

FareShare North East was advised on the acquisition by commercial property specialists Dunlop Heywood, based in Newcastle. Director Andrew Chandler said: “We are delighted to have completed the deal, which plays such a pivotal role in helping people across the region.

"The new unit will give their team of staff and volunteers much-needed space to continue their amazing work at a time when people are still trying to cope with the rising cost of energy bills and inflation.”