Over 20 community groups came together at the launch of The Cyrenians’ FareShare North East newest food redistribution base in Peterlee.
Community group leaders learned how The Cyrenians FareShare North East works with the food industry to save perfectly good food from going to landfill.
The Cyrenians’ FareShare North East, receives donations from a range of suppliers including Greggs, The Coop, Sainsbury’s and Ringtons, so helping minimise food waste by providing food surpluses to local voluntary organisations which then use it to cater for community groups and to provide food parcels for families in need.
The launch event was backed by local agencies including East Durham Trust, which supports over 300 voluntary groups in the Peterlee and the East Durham area, and also The East Durham Partnership, a social enterprise based in Horden.
Everyone at the event was treated to a delicious lunch cooked by Masterchef finalist David Coulson who is the Head Chef at locally based, Castle Eden Inn.
David used only Fareshare North East produce to create the mouth-watering meal which included pheasant Thai curry, chilli con carne and a variety of Indian dishes.
Michael Shields, General Manager of FareShare North East said;
“The help of many partners including East Durham Partnership and East Durham Trust have helped us to reach more – and support better – many of the region’s 5,000 charities and voluntary groups. This support for many, many people is at its most critical and basic – helping make sure they have enough to eat day to day. It’s a startling fact that today, right here in the North East there are people going hungry.”
Malcolm Fallon, Chief Executive of the East Durham Trust added;
“The Cyrenians FareShare North East is a vital service to our local communities which are suffering food poverty. With a significant proportion of families suffering financial hardship in East Durham it is vital we can ensure food is available to people who need it and The Cyrenians FareShare North East is an environmentally sustainable way to do this.”
Community groups which attended to find out how they could benefit from the Initiative included:
- Salvation Army
- Cedarwood Trust
- St Andrews, Chilton Moor
- Pennywell Residents Group
- Wheatley Hill Community Association
- Blackhall and Dawdon Community Centres
- Shotton Partnership
- Horden Regeneration Project
- Durham Council
- The Wharton Trust
- Spectrum 8
For more information contact:
Karen Humble 07976 841123 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Shields 0191 278 1895 email@example.com
Photograph attached – caption reads: –’FareShare North East General Manager Michael Shields (back centre) with Chef Dave Coulson and local community groups’