FareShare appeals for volunteers across the country to help feed people in need

FareShare appeals for volunteers across the country to help feed people in need

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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.”

Bryan said:

“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.”


No waste here! We Supplied More Than 500,000 Meals Made From Surplus Food To Vulnerable People Last Year

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FareShare are thrilled to announce that last year, their North East franchise, which is run by Changing Lives, distributed enough surplus food to create more than half-a-million nutritious meals for local people in need.

FareShare North East receives good quality, in-date surplus food from manufacturers, producers and retail suppliers and redistributes it to almost 120 local frontline charities and community groups, including homeless shelters, women’s refuges and breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children. The charities then transform it into nutritious meals.

FareShare North East relies on the surplus food it receives from local suppliers, including All Good Snacks and Tom Walker & Sons.

Ben Lock, General Manager, at FareShare North East, said:

“It’s unbelievable to think we’re redistributing enough food to provide half-a-million healthy nutritious meals It’s an incredible achievement, and it’s all down to our valued volunteers and, of course, our suppliers. It really is a privilege to supply food to charities that make such a difference to people’s lives, and the fact that we’re making sure that good quality food goes to feed hungry people rather than being thrown away makes what we do even more worthwhile.”

One of the charities who benefits from the scheme is Cosy Crow Café in Gateshead. The community café serves home-cooked lunches to 25 older people on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week. Craig Bankhead, Development Manager for Gateshead Older People’s Assembly (GOPA) said:

“FareShare gives us an opportunity to feed people for considerably less. The customers really like the meals we are able to offer.”

With a growing waiting list of charities in need of food, FareShare North East is calling on more food producers, suppliers and catering companies to work with them to redistribute their surplus food. The charity are also looking for more local volunteers to help pack and deliver the food to the charities who need it.

 

Get involved by contacting Ben Lock: call 0191 278 1895 or email benjamin.lock@changing-lives.org.uk


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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