11 July 2017
We are opening a new branch of FareShare this summer in Ipswich. The new Regional Centre, FareShare East Anglia, will save good food from going to waste by redistributing it to charities and community groups across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
FareShare East Anglia will be FareShare’s twenty-first UK Regional Centre. Chief Executive Lindsay Boswell, said:
“We’re tremendously excited about the launch of FareShare East Anglia, but to make it a success, we need get out there and spread the word. If you know of a charity or a community group who is doing great work in the community and could benefit from healthy nutritious surplus food, please do tell them to contact us.”
“We’re also looking for a brand new team of volunteers to help us. Volunteers are the lifeblood of FareShare — sorting, picking, packing and delivering food to the charities who need it. If you hate food waste, want to support your community and can spare a few hours a week, please get in touch. Volunteers can be retirees, students, or those seeking work. As well as making friends and learning valuable new skills you’ll be helping to tackle food poverty, so join us and become one of our East Anglia Food Heroes!”
Food for thought
The new Regional Centre will receive in-date surplus food from food companies including retailers and manufacturers, and redistribute it to local charities and community groups such as homeless hostels, lunch clubs for older people and domestic violence refuges.
The Cabin Crew Out of School Club in Ipswich runs a breakfast, after school and holiday club and have already signed up to the scheme.
Heather Osborn, Club Manager, said: “I am really happy that FareShare has opened a branch in East Anglia and to be one of the first groups to sign up to receive good quality surplus food. There is too much food waste these days, and as a school club we are very eco-friendly so couldn’t wait to get on board with FareShare.”
If you are a charity or community group who’d like to receive food please register your interest at www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-east-anglia. If you’d like to join our team of volunteers please contact the FareShare East Anglia team on firstname.lastname@example.org