FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria is operated by Recycling Lives Charity – it is known locally as the Food Redistribution Centre.
The Centre started operating in October 2015, initially serving Lancashire before expanding to provide food in Cumbria too. It now works with hundreds of community groups, charities, schools and not-for-profits, from breakfast clubs to homeless shelters, and delivers around 1 million meals every year.
Recycling Lives Charity delivers two other programmes – rehabilitating offenders in prisons and supporting homeless men in a residential facility. The Centre supports these programmes by offering voluntary work placements to participants. It also offers volunteering opportunities to people from all walks of life and has a diverse, committed team of 30 volunteers, ranging from retired professionals to students to long-term unemployed seeking to move into work, allowing people to share or develop skills and contribute to their community.
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 with Manager Jeff Green to find out more about receiving food 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