11 July 2017
Guest post by Tommy Allen, FareShare FoodCloud Resolution Executive
Hello! I’m Tommy and work as part of the FareShare FoodCloud team. I was thrilled to take part in FareShare’s first ever walking-float at the Pride in London Parade this year!
Here I am dressed as a pea, ready to spread the “FareShare Food Unites” message. The things you do for charity…
FareShare is all about repurposing good food that would otherwise go to waste and we are proud to support thousands of organisations across the country with food. We believe that eating, which everyone has (and wants) to do can truly bring a community together.
We work with people from various backgrounds, including plenty of organisations who support LGBT+ communities, such as youth support groups, homeless shelters and advice and well-being services. This is why we decided to come together, don our best foodie costumes, and show London that FareShare food unites.
We started by congregating in Regent’s Park with a small army of food heroes, made up of staff, volunteers, beneficiaries, carrots, peas, bananas, strawberries, friends, and family. Armed with placards, postcards and glitter we made our way to the parade holding area where we were to wait before our time came to march.
“Hey ho, food waste has to go!”
It was a great experience to be surrounded by other organisations who were also marching for Pride – the sense of love and unity was amazing, and the neighbouring Disney float and ball-pit-cocktail-bar provided plenty of music and entertainment while we waited.
As we marched we handed out over a thousand postcards raising awareness of food waste and hunger in the UK. It was great to see how much the crowds enjoyed the parade, while cheering along with us.
Though the heat remained constant all day, we managed to keep our fruit and veg personas going, even being stopped by passers-by for photos and questions about who we are, the work we do, and how they could get involved and volunteer!
Hopefully we can march again at Pride next year, with more colourful costumes, more glitter, and more volunteers. An excellent time was had by all, and FareShare continues to take pride in fighting hunger and food waste, along with all of our LGBT+ partners, colleagues, friends and families.
See you next year Pride!
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