One of our partners, FareShare North East, has launched a new depot in Newcastle upon Tyne. It is one of the regional branches of FareShare UK, providing quality surplus food to 112 frontline community groups and charities across the region – including emergency and supported accommodation, school breakfast clubs, rehabilitation centres and elderly lunch clubs.
The new premises will enable the organisation to recruit 35 new local charities in the next year, in turn helping feed a further 3,745 people across the region each week.
The relocation has been made possible thanks to investment from Asda as part of its Fight Hunger Create Change programme – a partnership between Asda, FareShare and The Trussell Trust, which aims to lift one million people out of food poverty across the UK.
Over the course of three years, Asda is investing over £20 million to enable both charities to invest in infrastructure and offer more fresh food and crucial support and advice to people in need.
To celebrate the launch, the charity hosted an event to showcase the warehouse and what a difference the funding has made. Attendees were given a tour of the building to see how it will help have a greater impact on those it supports.
FareShare North East is the third FareShare warehouse opening as a result of Asda’s programme, with the funding not only providing the building, but a chiller to keep food fresh and a van for deliveries.
Jake Hanmore, General Manager at FareShare North East, said:
“FareShare North East currently saves almost six tonnes of food from waste each week, which in turn helps to provide around 14,000 meals to people in need – an astonishing figure which shows our commitment to fighting hunger and food waste.
Each week we help to feed thousands at risk of hunger in our communities, but we know demand for our support is rising – which is why we welcome Asda’s generous investment.”
The three year Fight Hunger Create Change programme will give support directly to those charities from emergency food across the UK to expand their services to help more people in crisis. FareShare will increase its capacity and partner with 400 Trussell Trust foodbanks to deliver fresh food thereby providing a greater variety of nutritious food for people using their service.
For more information head to FareShare North East.