Address to a haggis: Burns Night has arrived


25 January 2019

The 25th January sees a celebration of Burns Night, honouring the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns' birthday.
With a traditional dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties, this is a long-served Scottish tradition.

Leading haggis producer Macsween of Edinburgh have been working with FareShare since 2009, most recently supplying FareShare Central and South East Scotland with some of their much-loved surplus haggis.

“We developed a new product which we overproduced and rather than see that food go to waste, we reached out to the local community and came across FareShare” said James Macsween, Managing Director of the family-run food producer.
“In this day of age when there’s lots of food poverty and food banks I think every food producer has a responsibility to do their bit.”

Over 438 charities are supplied to by FareShare Edinburgh, resulting in over 3.5 million meals being made and given out at charities and community centres across the UK.
“Partnerships like this are crucial to FareShare”, says Rachel Carr, Network Development Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

One of the charities enjoying Macsween haggis is the Newtongrange After School Club, where School Club Manager, Heather Dunn, is serving up a Burns Night delight – “Dinner of haggis, tatties and neeps- the children really love that. I didn’t realise how much food waste is going to landfill. I think it’s absolutely fantastic that FareShare exists.”

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