FareShare West Midlands gets funding boost from Masonic Charitable Foundation

27 June 2016

27 June 2016

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FareShare West Midlands will be able to redistribute more surplus food to charities and community groups across the region, and support more local people in need, thanks to a £60,000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

The three-year grant will part-fund the salary of a warehouse manager at FareShare West Midlands’ depot in Birmingham, and help towards the cost of the charity’s refrigerated vans, which deliver surplus produce to charities.

FareShare West Midlands redistributes a wide variety of good quality, in date food that has been diverted from waste, to more than 100 frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people across the region.

The food supplied by FareShare enables organisations such as homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs and domestic violence refuges, to serve up nutritious meals for people in need alongside life-changing support.

This is one of the first Community Support and Research grants to be awarded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country and is funded entirely by the donations of Freemasons and their families.

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, said: “We are grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generous support, which will enable FareShare West Midlands to get more good, surplus food to charities and community groups in the local area, that provide vital and life-changing support to vulnerable people.”

David Innes, Chief Executive at Masonic Charitable Foundation, said: “The Masonic Charitable Foundation is incredibly proud to support FareShare. We award grants totalling millions of pounds to national and local charities that help people affected by hardship, disability, exclusion or disadvantage. We hope that this grant, which was funded by donations from across the Masonic community, will enable FareShare to continue to make a difference to people in need.”