17 January 2018
FareShare East Anglia has officially opened in Ipswich with the aim of supplying over 1,500 charities throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex with good food that would otherwise go to waste.
“This is such an amazing day to celebrate FareShare East Anglia reaching more hungry people with surplus food. I am so proud to be a part of such a fantastic operation and can’t thank our funders enough.”
The event was celebrated by local food partners and members, councillors, the Lord Mayor of Ipswich and our special funders, The Global FoodBanking Network and their partner Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Speeches were given by the MD of Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, Khaled Shahb and FareShare East Anglia Development Manager, Michael Barret with the grand ribbon cutting following shortly after.
Support for the FareShare East Anglia Regional Centre was provided by a £500,000 grant from The Global FoodBanking Network, made possible by a donation from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation. The Enterprise donation is part of its ‘Fill Your Tank’ programme to mark its 60th anniversary, and is the first of six annual grants to The Global FoodBanking Network to support FareShare activities across the UK.
Since last summer, FareShare East Anglia has been operating a pilot phase and is already redistributing good quality, in-date food to 20 local charities and community groups. During this time it has delivered 46,191 meals and helped nearly 800 people a week.
If you are a charity or community group interested in becoming a food member to access good quality in-date food, visit http://fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-centres/east-anglia/
Alternatively, if you are free to volunteer a few hours a week to drive surplus food to local charities and groups, visit http://fareshare.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/apply-to-volunteer-east-anglia/