We are pleased to announce that Recycling Lives are opening a new FareShare centre!
FareShare is a national food charity, helping to provide nutritious meals to disadvantaged people throughout the UK. They collect surplus food from manufacturers and supermarkets, which would have gone to waste, and distribute it to charities or community organisations. These charity partners include homeless shelters, school breakfast clubs, day centres and hospices, which create healthy, nourishing meals for marginalised or vulnerable people. Last year, 158,000 people benefitted from FareShare food every week, with 2,029 charities receiving enough food to make 16.2 million meals.
This essential service provides a unique solution to the issues of food waste and poverty. Currently, 5.8 million people in the UK live in ‘deep poverty’, unable to afford essentials such as food (Joseph Rowntree Foundation), whilst 3.9 million tonnes of food is wasted by the food and drink industry every year. The North West has one of the highest rates of poverty and deprivation in the UK, which we have seen first-hand working with homeless people in our area. A shocking 70% of long-term homeless people show medical signs of malnutrition.
Recycling Lives will be opening FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria in October 2015, providing food for charities across the two counties. The centre will be based in Preston, which is where we are initially looking for charity partners, before expanding to serve the whole of Lancashire and Cumbria.
Steve Jackson OBE, Founder of Recycling Lives, commented:
‘We are so pleased to have this opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of thousands of people in our community. The new FareShare centre will provide some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people with healthy meals, as well as tackling the widespread problem of food waste. We will make sure that fresh, quality and in-date food will go to those who need it the most.
‘Recycling Lives employees have been hard at work speaking to charities, not-for-profits and community groups and getting the centre set up
‘We can’t wait to get started on the new centre, and bring people from the community together to increase our social impact’.
The centre will also provide the opportunity for charity Residents and other marginalised individuals to gain valuable work experience and skills to help boost their employability.
If you are a charity, not-for-profit or community group providing food to disadvantaged people in Lancashire or Cumbria, get in touch to see how we can help.
We are also looking for volunteers to help us to provide this invaluable service. We offer full training for all volunteers, and we would really appreciate any time you can give. If you’re interested, please get in touch to find out more.