Ten older people’s lunch clubs offered free food for a year

28 September 2016

28 September 2016

Older people lunch club

FareShare Greater Manchester is marking Older People’s Day (1 October) by offering free food supplies for one year, to 10 lunch clubs in the region that cook meals and provide support for older people who are at risk of malnutrition or social isolation.

Age UK says that one in 10 people aged 65 or over in England and Wales are suffering from, or at risk of malnutrition, while more than one in five British people (22%) aged over 60 have skipped meals to reduce their food costs.*

FareShare Greater Manchester currently redistributes food that would otherwise go to waste to more than 200 frontline charities and community groups across the region, including some older people’s lunch clubs, as well as homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs, domestic violence refuges, and many other good causes.

The food supplied by FareShare is good quality, mostly fresh produce that is in-date and good to eat, but has become surplus for a whole host of reasons, such as over-production, mislabelling or damaged packaging. Frontline charities turn the food into nutritious meals that they serve up alongside vital support and services.

Miranda Kaunang, Development Manager at FareShare Greater Manchester, said: “As a non-profit ourselves, we usually charge a membership fee for the food we redistribute, so that we can cover our costs, but thanks to a generous grant we’re delighted to be able to offer 10 older people’s lunch clubs a one-year membership, completely free of charge.

“Our charity members estimate that if they had to replace the food they receive through FareShare, it would cost them an additional £7,900 per year on average**, so we hope that the membership will make a real difference to 10 fantastic lunch clubs in our local communities, while ensuring that no good food goes to waste.”

For more information or an application form, lunch clubs in the Greater Manchester area should get in touch with miranda@emergemanchester.co.uk or call (0161) 223 8200 and select option 4 when prompted.


* www.ageuk.org.uk/salford/news–campaigns/malnutrition-prevention-pilot/malnutrition-facts/
NatCen, Feb 2016. Online survey of 568 charities suppported by FareShare across the UK.