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General Mills donates £70,000 to support employability programme at FareShare Merseyside

12 July 2022

FareShare Merseyside and General Mills are helping local jobseekers gain employment thanks to a £70,000 donation from General Mills.

The grant will support the food charity’s flagship employability programme New Horizons. FareShare and General Mills staff met today, Tuesday 12 July, at FareShare Merseyside’s warehouse in Speke, Liverpool, to speak to participants and staff from the programme.

New Horizons is part of FareShare’s wider employability initiative, FareFutures, which gives jobseekers the chance to gain industry-recognised qualifications, work experience and employment support at FareShare food warehouses. Participants who join the New Horizons project have the opportunity to gain training in food hygiene, manual handling and operation of forklift trucks, all of which are externally accredited.

General Mills has been in partnership with FareShare since 2013, providing over £800,000 of major funding and tonnes of surplus food across FareShare’s network to frontline charities and community groups. The surplus food donated by General Mills has been supplied from many of their much-loved brands, including Nature Valley and Old El Paso.

Ann Dobie, Development Manager at FareShare Merseyside, said: “We’re extremely grateful for the ongoing support from General Mills. This vital funding will support the training of many New Horizons participants. In addition to gaining new qualifications, trainees will be making a real difference in their community. We provide one-to-one coaching, personal development and employment skills. Our programme includes free personalised support for people to find, secure and sustain meaningful employment following the scheme.”

Jonathan Bennett, External Relations Director, General Mills Northern Europe, said: “We are delighted to be supporting FareShare Merseyside for the tenth consecutive year, helping them to continue with the critical work they do for the community. With our donation this year we have now committed a combined total of almost £820,000 to FareShare, and we continue to be amazed by the steps they have taken to tackle food poverty and reduce food waste. Last year, with our support, FareShare was able to help over 1.1m individuals and save and redistribute 54,000 tonnes of food.”