26 May 2022
In 2015, Angela Bullard performed a study that revealed the alarming amount of food poverty within her local community in Splott, Cardiff. After speaking with friends, she decided to create Splott Community Volunteers, an organisation that serves breakfast to anyone who wishes to attend every Thursday. Today, the organisation has 25 volunteers, nine trustees and an excellent partnership with FareShare.
“We started receiving food from FareShare about four years ago. We really appreciate our relationship with FareShare, we’ve got a really great working relationship with the people locally,” Angela shared. Using the food from FareShare, the organisation works with about 50 to 60 people. But since they all take home food for their families, Angela estimates Splott Community Volunteers is feeding close to 200 people a week.
Every Thursday, volunteers prepare their FareShare food items to create a “hearty, nutritious and filling” breakfast.
“We get lots of tinned stuff, such as tinned meats and stews, which is great,” Angela noted. “We receive fruits, vegetables, bread, meats, fish, water, all those kinds of things. Frozen meals sometimes, chilled foods, cereals, rice, pasta. It’s very varied.”
“When the meals come in, it’s so nice because we get so many people who live alone, like men and elderly people who just can’t cook for themselves or don’t cook for themselves. So it’s nice to be able to offer them a meal that they can just pop in the microwave and then we know that they’ve had a hot meal that day.”
Angela explained that they also love receiving quick and easy foods from FareShare, especially for families with children. Ingredients like “pasta and sauce, the children love those. They’re a quick and easy meal for families to put together, just add a few veggies to the sauce and you’ve got something healthy and filling.”
More recently, the increase in the cost of living in the UK has been hindering the community’s ability to access food. “We found that there are more people coming to us, and more people asking us for ideas of how to manage their money,” said Angela. “People have to choose between eating, putting the heating on or feeding their children. It’s very difficult for families. Our hope is that by providing some of the food, they will be healthier people, they will be able to work, or do whatever they need to do to manage their families.”