A night of food and fundraising at the River Cottage

20 May 2016

Guest blog by FareShare Southern Central volunteer Mary Needham 

24 May 2016

FareShare Southern Central enjoyed a particularly special fundraising event on 11 May. River Cottage Canteen, located at the beautiful Abbey Gardens in Winchester, was the most perfect setting for an informative and interesting evening.

Guests enjoying dinner at the River Cottage Canteen for the FareShare fundraising event.

River Cottage Canteen is owned by chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, an active campaigner against food waste who featured FareShare on his 2015 programme, Hugh’s War on Waste. The menu on the evening featured ideas from Hugh’s ‘Love your Leftovers’ book, along with recipes designed by the in-house kitchen team, all themed on ideas to reduce food waste.

River Cottage Canteen chefs.Head chef Mark Price (l) and chefs Josephine Hearn and Jack Hassel relax after dishing up their leftover themed menu.

The raffle on the evening featured 25 beautiful gifts kindly donated by local businesses and the auction included a Cookery Course at River Cottage HQ (kindly donated by River Cottage) and a fabulous Whole Day Sailing Experience from Olympic sailor Jake Farren-Price.

There were several prominent Winchester people at the event including council members, business representatives, charity workers and community members.

Guests enjoying dinner at the River Cottage Canteen.Supporters from Hampshire County Council get ready to dig in. 

Hearing from the frontline and raising funds

It is our member charities that are on the frontline fighting hunger and poverty in the UK.  Michelle Price, who runs Winchester Night Shelter, spoke at the event and emphasized how easily poverty can happen to us all. She spoke passionately about how crucial the food they receive from FareShare is and the positive effects of ensuring people in crisis have access to hot nutritious food.

Matt Wilkinson from FareShare South Central said, “It is great that with the support of Hampshire County Council and the generosity of businesses and individuals in the city we will be able to meet more of the food needs of schools, charities and community groups in Winchester and the surrounding areas.”

Not only did the evening raise vital funds to help FareShare South Central continue tackling hunger but it also generated crucial awareness about the complex issues surrounding food poverty and food waste. It raised the profile of FareShare, our member charities and also the many organisations in our communities working selflessly with the most vulnerable people in our society.

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