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24 July 2017
FareShare has been named as one of the thirteen projects to be awarded a share of £2.7 million from the Second Half Fund.
“By volunteering in later life, people can share their valuable skills, build new friendships and help transform lives within their community.”
The fund, launched by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Nesta in September 2016, has been set up to enable charities to tap into the time and talents of people aged 50 and over.
FareShare works with volunteers to distribute thousands of tonnes of surplus food from the food and drink industry to charities and community groups across the UK. Already providing the equivalent of 500,000 meals each week, by mobilising the time and talents of 1,053 over 50s the charity aims to create an additional 300,000 meals a week from good quality surplus food.
Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: “These projects will benefit hugely from the wealth of talent and experience that older volunteers bring. By volunteering in later life, people can share their valuable skills, build new friendships and help transform lives within their community.”
Vicki Sellick, Director at Nesta, said: “We know we have much to gain from the considerable talents of people as they enter the second half of their lives, given freely alongside public services. By supporting these innovative social action projects to grow we know they will transform lives and make a significant impact on some of the biggest social challenges we face.”
Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of this organisation and have been since we first opened our doors over twenty years ago. We now provide food to 6,723 charities, but without the hard work and dedication of our incredible volunteers in a variety of roles, none of what we do would be possible. This funding will enable us to reach out to even more people who want to make a positive difference in their communities, to do their bit to tackle food waste and also make FareShare a destination of choice for volunteering.”