About Us

Who we are

Exeter Food Action grew out of Devon and Cornwall Food Action, and was formerly known as DCFA Exeter. In 2017 we became an independent organisation. We work in partnership with Fareshare South West to fight hunger and food waste in our part of Devon.

We started operation in 2011 as a joint community project, planned by a small group. Now we employ one part-time staff member, and have a team of over 50 volunteers. We are based at Unit 10, The Space Place, Marsh Barton.

Our service is free, and we are financed entirely by grants and donations. We are not-for-profit, and are Registered Charity No. 1174174.

While we acknowledge wider social issues, we exist as an organisation in order to challenge the wastefulness that exists in our society, and do what we can with whatever food we can save.

As of May 2021, our Trustees are Carole Pilley, Charles Nyeko-Lacek, Colin Stiff, Jon Curtis (secretary), John Harrow, Richard Westlake, Saxon Spence, Nigel Walsh (Chair), Sue Keatt and Yvonne Atkinson.

What we do

Exeter Food Action rescues excess food from shops and suppliers, and redistributes it to charity organisations that feed people in Exeter.

We work with wholesalers, manufacturers and retailers, who supply us with food that they would otherwise throw away. Together we stop perfectly eatable food going to landfill, incineration, anaerobic digestion, or being used as animal food.

We also work in partnership with Fareshare South West to supply food for their Community Food Members in Exeter, East Devon and Torbay.

All food received is donated to organisations that support more vulnerable people in Exeter, including those affected by hunger, homelessness, family breakdown, low incomes, poverty, benefit uncertainty, abuse, poor nutrition and those receiving palliative care. So 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, and do not make a profit from the sale of the food. Food is not resold or given to individuals.

Every year, we rescue over 30 tonnes of food, and save the groups that receive it over £80,000.

Sharing Food * Stopping Waste


The food we rescue might have been disposed because it has a short date left on it, be in damaged packaging, or might simply be surplus to requirements. If any food is unusable, we compost it if possible and share it with a local allotment collective. Our own waste levels are very very low.

Current recipients include…

  • Age UK
  • Bethany House
  • Cafe 55
  • Cranbrook Education Campus
  • Devon and Cornwall Housing
  • Esther Community
  • Exeter Food Bank
  • Exeter Soup Kitchens Network
  • FoodCycle Exeter
  • Gabriel House
  • Gilead Foundation
  • Hospiscare
  • Mortimer House
  • St James’ High School
  • St Petrock’s Centre
  • St Sidwell’s Community Cafe
  • YMCA

Current suppliers include…

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

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