FareShare, the largest food redistribution charity in the UK, is calling on food heroes right across the country to sign up as volunteers to help people in need in their local community. The call out coincides with the NCVO Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2018) which celebrates the contribution of the 23 million people who volunteer in their communities across the UK.
FareShare’s volunteering shout out is also being turbo charged this year by retail partner Asda, which is leading a store level volunteer drive as part of its newly launched Asda Fight Hunger Create Change programme. Customers will be greeted by Community Champions in Asda stores promoting all the different ways they can get involved, talking about their own experiences in volunteering and encouraging customers to ‘Share Their Time’ by visiting www.asda.com/fight-hunger. Here, customers will be able to find out more about the Asda Fight Hunger Create Change programme, watch inspiring videos* of volunteering and how to register interest in volunteering.
Volunteers help FareShare every step of the way, including collecting, sorting and delivering quality surplus food to thousands of frontline charities. Some volunteer a couple times a year, some every day. Regardless of how often they contribute, FareShare volunteers come because they care, and their contribution is essential.
Richard volunteers as a driver’s assistant at FareShare London:
“A week before, I was in a workshop doing a job I couldn’t hack any more but on my first day at FareShare I witnessed firsthand where food went – breakfast clubs, nurseries, rehab centres and homeless shelters. This is real life. This is where the food goes”.
FareShare can offer flexible volunteering hours and a wide range of volunteering and training opportunities, including sorting and stacking food in one of FareShare’s 21 regional centres, delivering orders, working from home to support FareShare’s social media or in an office liaising with charity members.
Bryan Precious, Head of Volunteering, said:
“Without our volunteers, FareShare would not have redistributed surplus food to make 36.7 million meals last year. We wouldn’t help feed 772,000 people every week. We wouldn’t have saved tens of thousands of tons of good food from going to waste.
“Whether you fancy brushing up your computer skills before returning to work, gaining a customer service experience to add to your CV, driving our all-important deliveries to the charities we support every day – volunteering at FareShare has never provided so many opportunities to be part of the solution to food waste and food poverty.
“The work of our volunteers has an obvious benefit to their communities, and in their own words, volunteering opens up all sorts of doors. In many cases, volunteers come for many reasons but they stay because they have fun, learn new skills and make friends.”
A volunteer at FareShare West Midlands, Josephine said:
“Volunteering and working at FareShare has had a very big impact on my life. FareShare has become my family. It’s funny, I think I’ve found my vocation at last!
“I’d never worked in a warehouse before but I went for my Forklift Truck license and passed it. I’m now doing my Level 3 Health and Safety and I’m also now doing a Diploma in Business Studies. FareShare has opened up so many opportunities for me, as well as massively increasing my confidence.”
“Our volunteers oil and operate the largest machine fighting food waste and hunger in the UK. They may differ as much as the people they are ultimately helping, but they are all dedicated to helping us tackle food poverty and reduce food waste.
“At FareShare, volunteers are priceless. Come and join them.”