Volunteers 'humbled' by day with Recycling Lives' charity

A team of corporate volunteers were left “impressed and inspired” after a day with Recycling Lives’ food charity.

The staff from British Gas volunteered at the Food Redistribution Centre after learning about its work from Recycling Lives’ commercial team, who manage one of its waste contracts.

The volunteers learned about the Centre’s work diverting surplus goods from supermarkets and food suppliers, which would have otherwise gone to landfill, to community groups and charitable organisations. The food and goods given to these groups not only help them to tackle food poverty, but also focus increasingly stretched resources on their core charitable aims.

The team saw how the food helps groups like breakfast clubs, homeless shelters and community cafes to support disadvantaged communities.

Dave Boyle, supplies manager for British Gas, said: “We were really impressed and humbled by what we saw and heard. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to learn, have perceptions altered and see the passion of the team there.”

The Food Redistribution Centre team was recently named Team Of The Year in the National Recycling Awards and in July celebrated hitting the milestone of delivering One Million Meals via its 100 members.

It delivers around 13,000 meals every week which feed 5,000 people, and has so far diverted 430 tonnes of goods from landfill.

Food Redistribution Centre manager Jeff Green said: “It was great to have the guys from British Gas with us for a day, showing them how we work and telling them about the impact the food we deliver has on communities.”

Now a second group of British Gas staff are looking forward to spending a day volunteering at the Centre in September.

And one member of the first cohort has already signed up to do some more volunteering.

Mr Bowles added: “It has inspired one of the lads, Jordon, to continue volunteering and motivate the others to spread the word about food waste and food poverty.”