National food redistribution charity FareShare has outlined plans to grow fivefold.

The organisation wants to open depots in every major city in the UK within five years and increase distribution from under 4,000 tonnes to 20,000 tonnes a year. Its current 13 depots would grow to 30 by 2015.

A £700,000 software system, developed and funded by Aidmatrix, would centralise the system and allow the community groups who receive the food to place orders online. "It will make it easier for corporate organisations to offer food and will allow us to get it to where it is needed most," a spokeswoman said.

"FareShare is taking another major step to scale up operations and improve and grow its infrastructure so it can deliver an improved service to the food industry and the community organisations that rely on it."