Fuel for School

We use surplus / waste food to feed pupils & their families. Remove hunger as a barrier learning. Improve wellbeing. Highlight food waste

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  • English

Organization name

Fuel for School

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Scaling (the solution has passed the previous stages and is growing its impact on a regional or global scale)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 10,000 - 50,000

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

England: Leeds, Bradford, Durham, Brighton, Wigan, Liverpool



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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

The programme has 3 main objectives 1. Remove HUNGER as a barrier to learning 2. Improve wellbeing outcomes (Physical and Mental health) through delivery of a comprehensive educational programme 3. Highlight the global issue of food waste

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Fuel for School provides schools with a weekly delivery of food. This food is used by the schools in a variety of ways; market stalls for the school community, ingredients for cooking activities, rewards for children, supplement breakfast clubs and even chicken food for a school farm! Currently between 20 and 30 tons of food per week are being saved from landfill as a result of this work, this will increase as more schools sign up to the project. In addition to food deliveries the programme also provides schools with an education resource that includes lesson plans and activities designed to improve well-being (including mental health for children), cooking ideas, nutritional awareness (specific reference made to sugar), exercise plans and ideas on how to reduce food waste. The resource links with The Real Junk Food Project in highlighting the global issue of food waste.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Schools pay an annual subscription. Schools then make the food available on a " Pay as you feel basis", the money that schools make back from this significantly off sets the cost to schools. Some schools have manged to make the project cost neutral. Some businesses have paid for schools to receive Fuel for School by way of off setting their CO2 emissions.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

This problem takes two negatives (hunger and food waste) and uses them to make a positive solution

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

It was the 1st day back after the half term break. The day had been stressful, everything that could go wrong had gone wrong, inc the gas in the kitchens failing & having to give the children salad & sandwiches for dinner! During the afternoon the negative behaviour of our most vulnerable children was brought to my attention. When talking to these children it was clear that their anger & frustrations stemmed from lunchtime & the lack of a hot meal. One child informed me that he had been looking forward to coming back to school & that the first day back meant that a roast would be on the menu, but all we had served were sandwiches & salad! He continued to tell me that for the previous week he hadn’t eaten anything BUT sandwiches & dry food

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Upon recommendation from others

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Photo of Ashton Lynn

Hi Nathan,
The project is great. I hope it helps a lot of kids in schools. Is it aimed only at rural schools? Do you plan to cover villages and suburbs as well? Thanks.

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Photo of Samir Vinchurkar

Excellent job, keep it up!

Photo of Shirley

I like your project, especially because it is taking care of food wastes! I hope to incorporate the use of vegetables waste (a lot is generated in my country) for compost making for my Nutri-Garden-2-Fork project in Nigeria.

Keep up the good work.