Merck donation buys chiller van to support food poverty

Merck donation buys chiller van to support food poverty

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FareShare North East, part of the charity Changing Lives, recently received a generous donation of $50,000 USD from Cramlington based pharmaceutical manufacturer MSD.

The large donation from MSD has enabled FareShare North East to purchase a chiller van which will make it possible for food to travel further distances, helping to reach more people at risk of food poverty in our community.

Michael Shields, General Manager FareShare North East, is extremely grateful to MSD for their kind donation.
He said:
“When we received the van we were able to offer all of our customers the opportunity to receive chilled and frozen foods. Previously, some customers received only dry goods as we did not offer temperature controlled distribution across all of our routes at this time. The van has enabled us to provide food to an additional nine new community projects from across the region. 280 additional disadvantaged people from the community projects benefit from our food deliveries on a weekly basis.”

National charity Changing Lives runs the FareShare North East franchise. Changing Lives provides specialist support for thousands of vulnerable people and their families, every month. FareShare supplies surplus food to hundreds of local charities across the UK. They ensure that good food is not wasted by turning an environmental problem into a solution, helping to feed thousands of vulnerable people every day. In the North East, FareShare received 223 tonnes of food in the last year from the food industry, 85% of which was surplus.

Low Res Packing the van
MSD (known as Merck in the US and Canada), an international healthcare company, is committed to making a difference to the lives of people around the world. Starting at the corporate level, this commitment runs strong through the local communities where MSD operates business and production facilities. The company’s Neighbour of Choice program empowers and enables MSD employees to contribute directly to the well-being of the communities where they live and work.
Martin Inskip, Senior Director of Operations at MSD Cramlington said:

“MSD is delighted to be in a position to support such a wonderful organisation that does so much to help people in need in the North East. It is incomprehensible in this day and age that children and adults are going hungry and my staff and I have taken this charity and their work to our hearts – some of our staff have volunteered to work with FareShare in their own time and my management team have spent a day volunteering with the team at Newburn. It’s humbling to see the work done there and work with the other FareShare volunteers and MSD feel privileged to partner FareShare in this venture and wish them every success.”

Since its inception, the Merck Foundation, through which the Neighbour of Choice grants are managed, has contributed more than $740 million USD to support initiatives that address important societal needs in a manner consistent with MSD’s overall mission to help the world be well.

For more information about FareShare and Changing Lives, please visit: www.fareshare.org.uk and www.changing-lives.org.uk


Breakfast for Everyone Courtesy of FareShare

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FareShare North East, part of the charity Changing Lives, recently donated a large collection of food to support a breakfast club at The Dales School in Blyth. The food donation will enable the school children to start the morning with a nutritional breakfast, preparing them for the busy day ahead.

The Dales School was chosen by Cramlington based pharmaceutical manufacturer, MSD, as it is one of their partner schools where an after school science club is organised and delivered by MSD staff and the school is supported throughout the year on various projects by MSD.

National charity Changing Lives runs the FareShare North East franchise. Changing Lives provides specialist support for thousands of vulnerable people and their families, every month. FareShare supplies surplus food to hundreds of local charities across the UK. They ensure that good food is not wasted by turning an environmental problem into a solution, helping to feed thousands of vulnerable people every day. In the North East, FareShare received 223 tonnes of food in the last year from the food industry, 85% of which was surplus.

Barry Densham, Changing Lives, Project Manager for FareShare North East, highlights the importance of supporting people in the local community.

He said:
“FareShare North East has a significant impact with all communities throughout the region who we support with surplus food, not only from an ecological impact by saving perfectly good food that would otherwise go to landfill, but to ensure that those people in food poverty access food through various local organisations. In the North East alone there are over 100,000 children in food poverty so by supporting schools with surplus food we can help provide at least one meal a day for a child. Hopefully this will help to raise concentration levels in school, meaning a greater chance of improved educational results leading to better careers in the future.”

MSD recently provided FareShare North East with a grant of $50,000 USD from the Merck Community Foundation which enabled FareShare to increase the number and type of deliveries to charitable organisations throughout the region. As a thank you to MSD, FareShare offered to donate a FareShare food hamper to a Local Community Project of MSD’s choice, the project of choice being The Dales School.

The Dales is a school for primary age children who have Special Educational Needs. Hugh Steele, Headteacher, The Dales School, talks about the benefits of breakfast for the school children.

He said:
“Breakfast at The Dales School is a really important part of the day. Apart from the obvious benefits of starting the day with a full stomach, ready to face the challenges ahead, it gives our children the chance to socialise with their friends and adults. Children who attend The Dales come from a range of backgrounds. However, they all have Special Educational Needs and, as such, benefit from the opportunity to learn in a secure and therapeutic environment where they can be given time to focus on other important life skills as well as the academic development which must take place.

Mr Steele continued:
“Additional provision and opportunity such as breakfast and behaviour at meal times is additional to The National Curriculum and, consequently, expensive. When organisations such as FareShare and MSD recognise this and offer support, it is extremely welcome and we would like to thank them for their extremely kind donations which allow us to provide benefits that otherwise we could not provide.”


About FareShare North East

We fight hunger and tackle food waste across the North East. We supply 738,192 meals to people in need every year.

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