More Food, More Help, More Need in 2017
With over 200 Community Food Members and tonnes of surplus food on the move every day, FareShare Greater Manchester is now one of busiest depots in the UK. In 2016, 1.9 million meal portions were distributed to 230 charities and community organisations across the region. Together the FareShare membership provides food to approx. 20,000 people in need each week.
To achieve these results FareShare relies on the dedication and effort of volunteers who help run the warehouse and office, deliver the food and visit the membership. At least 20 volunteers are needed per day. They are involved in the challenge of getting as much food received, allocated and delivered as efficiently as possible. Some of the volunteers join FareShare’s Give & Gain training programme to get an NOCN level 2 qualification and work experience in warehousing. It may surprise some readers to know that some of the FareShare volunteers are homeless and rough sleepers. Recently one of our homeless volunteers secured full time employment as a result of working with FareShare which was a great boost to the team at the end of a very grim week in Manchester. See the photograph above which shows Mark, from Supporting People in Need, (and also a FareShare volunteer) congratulating our homeless colleague on securing a job. To find out more about giving time to FareShare please email Liz Lauder or call on 0161 223 8200 option 6
FareShare can also accommodate corporate / employer supported volunteer days for individuals or teams looking to ‘give back’ as part of a CSR strategy. Companies that regularly volunteer include Kellogg’s, Sodexo and CDL Ltd. The volunteers assist deliveries or help in the warehouse with sorting food items. The day starts with a full health and safety briefing and protective footwear and clothing is provided. To find out more email FareShare or call 0161 223 8200 option 4
Securing more food donations from the Greater Manchester food sector (manufacturers and retailers) is a priority for FareShare at the moment. Working to professional food hygiene regulations and equipped with fork lift trucks and four vans, FareShare can now respond swiftly to offers of surplus, particularly larger quantities. To offer in date surplus food, companies can call Miranda Kaunang,Development Manager, on 0161 223 8200 option 4
Alongside School Holiday Provision and support for Older People’s luncheon clubs, Rochdale, Bury, Wigan and Oldham are priority areas for FareShare membership development in 2017. FareShare has more capacity to reach new members. To find out more contact FareShare on 0161 223 8200 option 4. The application can be downloaded from the Fareshare website and to see more about FareShare go to our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @FareShareGtrM