29 March 2017
Happy birthday to FareShare West Midlands! Today marks their tenth anniversary of fighting hunger and food waste, a time in which they have provided enough food for 10 million meals for people in need.
The team of staff and volunteers (above) currently redistribute good food that would otherwise go to waste to over 150 frontline charities and community groups, including homeless shelters, women’s refuges and breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children.
To mark the milestone, the team held a special event at their Birmingham centre. The celebration was helped along by Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Carl Rice, local charities supported by FareShare and some of the retailers and suppliers, including 2 Sisters, Aldi, Greenvale, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, who provide the charity with their surplus food.
Mandy Hawkes is Development Manager at FareShare West Midlands. She said “This is a wonderful time for FareShare West Midlands to reflect on all we have achieved in the last decade and to share our exciting plans for the future. We are really proud to deliver food to 150 charities in the West Midlands, who, along with freshly cooked meals, provide a lifeline to so many vulnerable people in our community.
"FareShare West Midlands is almost entirely staffed by incredible volunteers. None of what we do would be possible without them, this event is very much a celebration of their hard work – they are our ‘food heroes.'"
Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Carl Rice added “FareShare West Midlands works hard to get good surplus food to our local charities and community groups who turn it into nutritious meals for people in need. I congratulate everyone who works and volunteers here at FareShare and also thank the companies who donate their surplus food.”
Meriden Park Adventure Playground in Chelmsley Wood receives food from FareShare West Midlands. The group run a range recreational activities for local children and young people including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Ellen Delaney, Play Worker at Meriden Park said “The food we get from FareShare West Midlands makes such a positive difference to the children who come along to us in the evenings, especially during the school holidays when some of the kids are really hungry without the lunchtime meal they would normally get at school. Last night we peeled and chopped potatoes and cooked them on the camp fire until they went golden and crispy, which the children loved, so thank you FareShare.”
Find out more about volunteering with one of our regional teams to fight hunger and food waste on our volunteering page.