Green Ash Partners LLP, a UK investment management firm, are funding a new VW Crafter van for three years. Miles Cohen, Managing Partner, who is Leicestershire based said, “When I heard about the extent of food poverty in Leicestershire I was appalled and wanted to do something about it. FareShare came with ringing endorsements from the local community. After visiting and meeting the team, as well as seeing and hearing first hand what they do, I asked what they needed to help deliver more food.”
Simone Connolly, Project Manager, FareShare East Midlands said, “Our old van was definitely showing its age. We were concerned about its reliability for the ever increasing area we now serve. However, there was no way we could have afforded a new van. Miles’ generosity in funding the replacement van is a fantastic, practical demonstration of doing something that will benefit thousands of people in food poverty in this area.”
FareShare Leicester was established in July 2008 and has grown year on year to meet the need for its services. It now supplies food to community groups in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire, as well as Leicester and Leicestershire. To reflect this, it has now been designated the East Midlands regional centre by FareShare nationally and is now known as FareShare East Midlands.
Simone Connolly continued “In the last year we have distributed 360 tonnes of food, equivalent to 795,000 meals, an increase of 75% over the previous year. As well as our area of operations getting bigger, we have also introduced the supply of chilled food, which now accounts for 36% of our deliveries. The new van will help support our growth serving more people in desperate need.”
Miles Cohen, Managing Partner, Green Ash Partners LLP, Simone Connolly, Project Manager, FareShare East Midlands and John Willetts, Chairman, FareShare East Midlands with staff and volunteers