Food that speaks volumes
20th December 2017
20th December 2017
For 17 years, Nick Makris never uttered a word in public. The autistic teenager from Levenshulme in Manchester has been a selective mute since birth, unable to speak due to severe social anxiety.
Every Wednesday, Nick and his class at Grange Special School in Manchester spend the morning preparing a lunch with food from FareShare and then take it to the Gorton Day Centre where they serve up to 30 elderly people (many of whom have their own health issues including dementia).
Because of the social bonds formed over the lunches, Nick has finally started to speak. With a broad smile on his face he slowly tells journalist Joe Shute what he enjoys most about the cooking classes: “making old people happy”.
Serene Phillips, the 34-year-old key stage 5 teacher, first approached FareShare with the idea for supporting the class last January and says the food FareShare provides each week has been a lifeline: “We have got a brilliant relationship with them,” she says. “It has enabled us to keep the class going and it has made an amazing impact on the children. The fact they get to interact with people of a different generation is fantastic for them.”
Last year FareShare redistributed 800 tonnes of food in Greater Manchester to 200 deserving organising such as The Grange. These include school breakfast clubs, day care centres, homeless shelters and domestic violence refuges.
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The FareShare food “…has made an amazing impact on the children. The fact they get to interact with people of a different generation is fantastic for them.” Serene Phillips, Grange Special School teacher
17th January 2018
FareShare East Anglia has officially opened in Ipswich with the aim of supplying over 1,500 charities throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex with good food that would otherwise go to waste.
29th December 2017
In 2017 we saved 13,552 tonnes of food from waste and helped feed nearly half a million people a week. We also won five major awards – so join us in a toast to all our amazing volunteers and supporters.
28th December 2017
Tesco customers have donated 3 million meals to help FareShare and the Trussell Trust feed people in need.