6 March 2015
As more and more people are turning to charities for food, FareShare Kent will help meet this demand by redistributing good quality food from the food industry to places providing meals and opportunities to vulnerable people across Kent.
FareShare Kent, which is part of the national food charity FareShare, is operated by Children and Families Ltd. Children and Families have 10 years experience of providing child and family support services in the region, including Seashells Children’s Centre in Sheerness.
By diverting good food that would otherwise be wasted to people who need it, FareShare Kent is dedicated to making a real difference to lives of the people in Kent and to protecting the environment of a County long renowned as the “Garden of England”.
Jim Duncan, CEO of Children and Families Ltd. says: “We are privileged to work with a nationally respected charity like FareShare and we are working hard to spread the work of charity food redistribution across the region of Kent. Children and Families have been working as a charity in the local area for over 10 years so we have been perfectly placed to set up the FareShare Kent Regional Centre and operation to help other charities and community projects in the area.
“Food surplus is a major issue but if organisations like FareShare Kent can access more of this food the impact will be widespread. We have already made huge impact on local charities in Kent like the Pilgrims and Demelza House hospices by saving them large amounts of money in core costs, which they have reinvested into other services. We’ve also helped schools’ breakfast clubs and community projects and are looking forward to providing a service to more charities across the region.”
Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO, comments: “We are delighted to be working with Children and Families to open FareShare Kent, helping people living in poverty within this area. Last year, we saw a 41 per cent increase in the number of charities coming to us for support and this new centre will mean that we can expand our reach across Kent.
“FareShare is a unique charity as it works directly with over 1,711 other charitable organisations to help society’s most vulnerable members get back on their feet – providing not only a meal, but also vital support services. Food is often what draws someone into a charity but it’s the extra services, like counselling, employment advice and housing assistance that really count. These address the causes of poverty and that’s where the help really starts.
“However, in order to make FareShare Kent as successful as we know it can be, we really need to get local people involved. We are calling on any charities in the region who think they can benefit from our service, as well as anyone interested in volunteering to get in touch with the FareShare Kent team directly.”
FareShare has 20 years experience of working with retailers and manufacturers to redistribute good food that would otherwise go to waste. Working with local charities, ranging from homeless shelters to women’s refuges, breakfast clubs to food banks, this food is then used to reach people living in deep poverty in the UK.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LAUNCH EVENT IS BEING HELD AT:
Doddington Place Gardens, Doddington, Nr Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 0BB
To attend the event, request further information or to set up an interview and/or request photography, please contact Jim Duncan at FareShare Kent on tel: 01795 667 070 or 07739 024944 or email: JimDuncan@children-families.org