Catherine Buglass, Development Manager for FareShare London, explains “It has been one of FareShare London’s ambitions to extend into the east side, particularly Barking as we know that this is an area of great need.
“With FareShare food, local charities and community projects can save money, but more importantly get hold of fresh produce – including fruit and vegetables – to provide people in need with nutritious food. All of the food FareShare receives is in date and of high quality, it has just become surplus for logistical reasons.”
One of FareShare’s newest charity members is the Jenuin ReCovery Café in Barking. The café provides healthy and affordable meals for recovering addicts and their families in a safe environment. Jennifer Williams is Director of Homestyle Jenuin Health that runs the ReCovery Cafe and other projects to promote healthy eating.
She said: “FareShare is invaluable to organisations like ours that want to serve the community in a practical way and will make a huge difference to our projects to reach more people about healthy eating. The Jenuin ReCovery Café is a community space for recovering addicts to meet new people and get support from their peers. They can also gain new skills and confidence through our volunteering programme to improve their job and career prospects. This support is vital to help people back on the road to recovery.”