Food Redistribution Centre named national Team of the Year

The team behind Recycling Lives’ food charity has been named nationally as Team of the Year.

The Food Redistribution Centre’s team was honoured at the National Recycling Awards in London on June 28.

Its team has been recognised for its commitment to supporting charitable organisations as well as its diversity and the equality of opportunity it offers.

Led by one full-time and two part-time employees, it offers work placements and volunteer opportunities to people from all walks of life, including ex-offenders and the homeless via Recycling Lives’ other charitable activities, and professionals wanting to share their skills. Each of its paid staff and dozens of former volunteers have moved into full-time positions with Recycling Lives or its partners following volunteering there.

The team was up against some stiff competition, in one of the most subscribed categories, including five council waste teams, two universities and Keep Britain Tidy.

Chairman of trustees for Recycling Lives’ charity, Jonathan Taylor, said:

“We are delighted to have won this award – it is well deserved by our outstanding team who go above and beyond to support charitable organisations, create opportunities and nurture others in the Centre.”

The Centre is the Lancashire and Cumbria arm of national charity FareShare, run by Recycling Lives. It supports charitable organisations to work with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities by providing them with quality food; surplus stock from food suppliers that would otherwise have gone to landfill. It tackles the dual issues of food poverty and food waste.

Since its launch in October 2015 the Centre has redistributed more than 950,000 meals, distributing 13,000 meals to feed 5,000 people a week via its network of nearly 100 Community Food Members (CFMs).

Neil Flanagan, head of charity for Recycling Lives, said:

“This award shows the fantastic spirit of teamwork between employees, volunteers and CFMs.

“All those involved with the Centre have shown their commitment to tackle food poverty and reduce food waste, and support charitable organisations to support more individuals and communities.

“The feedback we often get from groups who use the service is that it’s about more than just the food. The goods supplied bring people together in the spirit of community and co-operation, and enable organisation’s scarce resources which would have been used on food to be invested elsewhere.”