FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria is operated by Recycling Lives Charity – it is known locally as the Food Redistribution Centre.
The Centre delivers thousands of tonnes of food every year – delivering 3.2 million meals in 2021/22 alone.
Since opening in 2015 it has grown rapidly, now delivering food to 125+ groups including school breakfast clubs, grassroots charities, homeless shelters and hospices. These groups ensure thousands of people do not go hungry each week while also helping to prevent food waste.
The Centre’s work is supported by a team of 50+ volunteers, each giving their time and skills in return for support to gain new experiences, grow in confidence and meet new people. Many of the Centre’s volunteers progress into full-time employment thanks to their experiences there, including half of the paid staff who started as volunteers.
Recycling Lives Charity delivers two other programmes – rehabilitating offenders in prisons and in the community, and supporting men who’ve experienced homelessness in a residential facility. The Centre supports these programmes by offering voluntary work placements to participants.
FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria is always keen to hear from charities to receive food and volunteers to help provide this essential service. Get in touch to find out more about receiving food, donating any surplus food items, or becoming part of the team.
“FareShare means we get a greater variety of food. We take everything from tins to fresh meat as our families need everything. I don’t know what people would eat if we weren’t able to give them the food from FareShare.”
Christine, Ivy Street Community Centre, Blackburn
“The benefits go far beyond the food…it creates social and learning opportunities.”
Jill Charnock at Astley Lodge supporting people at risk of homelessness