29 November 2017
This November marks our two year anniversary with manufacturer Kerry Foods, one of FareShare’s top food partners.
“During my day on the van we spoke to all of the charities we visited, which in itself was a fantastic experience to understand how FareShare provides support to the community, it's second to none. I enjoyed the experience and I’m proud to work for a company who support this cause.”
Anthony (Tony) Walker, Maintenance Manager at Kerry Foods
Over the past two years, Kerry Foods have provided FareShare with enough food to make over 320,000 meals for people in need.
To celebrate our anniversary, a team of colleagues from Kerry Foods’ Dairy site in Ossett took some time out to give back and volunteered with FareShare Yorkshire.
Following an introductory presentation and a tour of the Barnsley warehouse, the Kerry Foods team hit the road to help redistribute food to those in need.
Emma and Hannah headed to Bradford, first to a school and then to a community centre. Emma said it was both a ‘shocking’ and ‘sad’ experience and explains “I couldn’t believe our first stop was a school! But their breakfast club isn’t funded and many parents struggle to pay the fees so the food from FareShare really helps.
“At the community centre we then met with a number of charities who meet weekly to collect food from FareShare. They then cook the food and give it out to those in need.”
Hannah says, “I got involved as I thought it’d be an interesting day given that I didn’t know much about FareShare. It was eye-opening to see the almost hidden world that FareShare and the charities work in.”
Tony adds, “Rightly or wrongly I had a vision of what I would see and encounter during that day, however my image couldn’t have been further from the truth. I was amazed by the number of volunteers who support in sorting all the food that arrives at the site.
“I spent the day out on a van with another volunteer, Eddie, who was the driver for the day. We delivered food parcels to a number of places including homeless shelters and schools who run free breakfast clubs. We spoke to all of the customers we visited that day which in itself was a fantastic experience and to understand how FareShare provides support to the community is second to none. I enjoyed the experience and I’m proud to work for a company who support this cause.”