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.

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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 goodquality 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