FareShare Northern Ireland is directly tackling food poverty in Northern Ireland by collecting surplus food from industry and redistributing it to charities that are providing meals to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, including low income families, senior citizens, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, at risk young people and homeless people. The Northern Ireland depot has been operating successfully for over three years and is currently diverting approximately 3 – 3.5 tonnes of food from waste every week, delivering it to 62 charitable projects located in Belfast, Derry, Antrim, Ballymena, Armagh and Cookstown.
As well as providing food producers with a safe, environmentally friendly and ethical solution to the disposal of waste, FareShare Northern Ireland has provided 54 volunteers with valuable work experience and training in areas such as Food Hygiene, Fork Lift driving and Health and Safety.
What volunteers and members say
“There is a real feel good factor in delivering the food. Before I started, I was anxious about whether I could do the job, but the training and continued support the FareShare team gave me was excellent. I’ve even learnt new skills since I’ve been here!” Siobhán, depot volunteer
“FareShare Northern Ireland has made a huge difference to us. We have had a large increase in clients attending our centre and the food we receive enables us to provide healthy meals to them. We don’t have a surplus as FareShare staff tell us on a daily basis what food they have, so we only take what we need.” Welcome Centre, a day centre for rough sleepers in Belfast
“If it wasn’t for FareShare Northern Ireland, this group would not have existed due to lack of funds and these people would have still been in a rut, eating unhealthy food with poor nutritional value.” Action on Disability – Upper Springfield Development Trust.
What’s going on:
Young volunteers lend a hand to FareShare
Volunteers taking part in the National Citizen Service Powered by the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade (JLGB) programme helped to sort food for charities and community groups across the capital.