About Us

Who we are

We started operation in 2011 as a joint community project planned by a small group, Devon and Cornwall Food Action (DCFA Exeter). In 2017 we became Exeter Food Action, an independent organisation registered with the Charity Commission as a not for profit, Charitable Incorporated Organisation (charity no 1174174). We now employ one full-time and two part-time members of staff, and have a team of over 50 dedicated volunteers.

We work in partnership with FareShare South West to supply food for their Community Food Members in Exeter, East Devon and Torbay. Our service is free and we are financed entirely by grants and donations. Together, as of October 2023, we distribute food to 59 food banks and community groups in Exeter and across Devon.

As of October 2023 we have seven Trustees: Nigel Walsh (Chair), Philip Willcock (Treasurer), Susannah Ford (Secretary), Saxon Spence, Charles Nyeko-Lacek, Yvonne Atkinson and Andrew Kemp.

We are based at Unit 10, The Space Place, Alphin Brook Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, EX2 8RG.

What we do

Exeter Food Action works with wholesalers, manufacturers and retailers, rescuing good, nutritious food, thus preventing it from going to landfill, incineration, anaerobic digestion, or being used as animal food.

All food received is donated to organisations that support more vulnerable people in Exeter and across Devon, including those affected by hunger, homelessness, family breakdown, low incomes, poverty, benefit uncertainty, abuse, poor nutrition and those receiving palliative care. We share food with soup kitchens, hostels, food banks, community cafés, schools, hospices and others. Any group can access our food as long as they are local to us (within a 50 mile radius of Exeter), and do not make a profit from the sale of the food. Food is never resold or given to individuals.

By the end of September 2023 we had distributed to just over 93 tonnes of food to food banks and community groups, supporting 1,000 people every week. We anticipate that we will break the 100 tonne barrier by the middle of November, far in excess of the total volume for the whole of the previous year. It’s a record, although one we’d rather not have because it reflects ever rising demand.

Rescuing food

The food we rescue is often disposed of because it has a short shelf life, its packaging is damaged, or might simply be surplus to requirements. If any is unusable we compost it if possible and share it with a local allotment collective. Our own waste levels are very very low.

Our current recipients

This is a list of our fifty-nine current recipient organisations (October 2023). Those marked with an asterisk are Exeter Food Action/FareShare South West members who receive a weekly delivery.

  • Adonai Community Kitchen *
  • Alice Cross Centre *
  • Amber Foundation *
  • Bethany House
  • Bradninch Food Shed
  • Bread of Life (Crossline) *
  • Broadclyst Food Bank *
  • BTheChange
  • Café 55
  • Catch 77 *
  • CHAT *
  • Crediton Food Larder *
  • East Devon Hub *
  • Exeter & Okehampton Community Fridges (DCC)
  • Exeter Food Bank
  • Exwick Community Church
  • Foodcycle Exeter
  • Force Cancer Care
  • Gabriel House
  • Gilead Foundation
  • Heavitree Practice (community larder)
  • Hill Barton Vale Little Free Pantry
  • Homeless in Teignbridge (HITS) *
  • Howell Road project
  • Launchpad CIC *
  • Littleham Community Larder *
  • LiveWest
  • Living Waters Church, Paignton *
  • LOVE Food CIC
  • Mortimer House
  • Oakfields Project
  • Ottery Larder *
  • Park Life Heavitree
  • Patchwork House CIC *
  • PATH Torquay *
  • Pippins Preschool Crediton *
  • Rediscover Church *
  • ROC Dawlish *
  • St Gabriel’s CofE school *
  • St Katherine’s Larder
  • St Matt’s Church
  • St Sidwell’s Community Café
  • St Thomas Food Fight
  • St Thomas Larder *
  • St Thomas Community Fridge
  • Sanctuary Housing
  • Save Food Hub Colyton
  • Save Food Seaton *
  • SunRun soup kitchen
  • Teign Valley Larder *
  • Teignmouth Mutual Aid *
  • The Strand Community Trust
  • URC Heavitree/Pinhoe
  • West Exe Football and Holiday Clubs Ltd
  • Westbank *
  • Whipton Church Community Pantry
  • Yes Brixham *

Some of our current suppliers

  • Our partners, FareShare South West
  • Aldi
  • Co-op
  • Greendale
  • Lidl
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Nandos
  • Pret A Manger
  • Riverford Organics
  • Rod and Bens
  • Sainsburys
  • Tesco

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