FareShare Northern Ireland redistributes 160,000 meals
19th March 2018
19th March 2018
To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, we are highlighting our regional centre in Belfast, FareShare Northern Ireland.
Together with their team of volunteers, FareShare Northern Ireland redistribute good quality surplus food to more than 80 charities and community groups, feeding 11,000 people a week through lunch clubs, family centres, after school clubs, and breakfast clubs for children.
One such group benefiting from FareShare food is Quaker Cottage, a charity helping local families facing challenges in their everyday lives such as domestic violence or mental health conditions, like anxiety, stress and depression, which can make doing everyday tasks difficult.
Cooking with food from FareShare adds another element to what Quaker Cottage can offer. As well as making sure families are eating a daily nutritious meal, the unexpected nature of surplus food means that it has introduced many of the families to new types of food.
“FareShare introduces our families to food that they haven’t tried before, such as brie and different fruits. The nice pies and cakes are treats for people but it’s the basics that really make the difference as they keep people going.”
Grant McCullough, Project Manager at Quaker Cottage
FareShare food saves Quaker Cottage vital funds and means that they can always support families with food when they need it most.
Grant says “We’ve been receiving food from FareShare for at least three years. Without FareShare we’d have to do without the fancier goods and find more money. About 50-60% of the food we use is from FareShare. It saves us between £80-130 a week, a considerable part of our budget. Without it we wouldn’t be able to provide for our families directly when they are in crisis.”
So far in 2018, FareShare Northern Ireland redistributed 66.3 tonnes of food – that’s enough for 160,000 meals – including:
15.7 tonnes of fruit and veg, that’s over 37,000 in meals
9.4 tonnes of meat and fish, that’s over 22,000 in meals
7.83 tonnes of dairy, that’s over 18,000 in meals
Volunteers are key to FareShare Northern Ireland‘s success and new people are always welcome. If you would like to volunteer to help alleviate food poverty and food waste in the region please register your interest by filling out this form. Become a Food Hero today!
“We serve good wholesome nosh made from scratch to show that we care. Usually one of the first questions we get from our families is what’s for lunch today, and FareShare means that we can give them a choice.”
17th April 2018
FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell took part in a panel discussion Waste Not Want Not at the Food & Drink Expo in Birmingham today. Watch the full broadcast recorded with Facebook Live.