10 August 2017
Well done to our team at FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria for reaching a massive milestone – redistributing enough surplus food for one million meals to charities and community groups in the North West.
The Regional Centre, which is operated by Recycling Lives, opened in October 2015. Since then the team have saved a massive 430 tonnes of good food from going to waste and instead redistributed it to charities supporting vulnerable people in the area. They now support 100 charities with food, delivering 13,000 meals and feeding around 5,000 people every week.
It’s about more than meals though. Each of the organisations the team delivers food to provide support services as well as lunch and dinner, helping people to get back on their feet or improve their wellbeing. Here are some the stories behind those meals.
At Astley Lodge in Chorley, staff have used surplus food from FareShare as a tool for learning. Residents, who would otherwise be homeless, have undertaken courses in food hygiene and safety to boost their skills and self-confidence. Jill Charnock, senior service manager at Astley Lodge, said: “The benefits go far beyond the food…it creates social and learning opportunities.”
St Catherine’s Hospice
Lancaster Community Club