How volunteering at FareShare helped Steve back into work

19 February 2019

More than 2 million additional meals have been provided to people at risk of food insecurity since the launch of Fight Hunger Create Change – a partnership between FareShare, Asda and the Trussell Trust. This month marks the one-year anniversary since the programme’s launch, so FareShare caught up with Steve Moore, one of the volunteers helping to fight hunger and make the programme a success.

“Volunteering for me has changed my life 100 percent. After a year or so of relying on foodbanks and places to help support me, I wanted to help support other people who were in that position.”

Steve

Steve Moore volunteered with FareShare Sussex for two years and was one of over 100 volunteers who regularly give up their time to help the Brighton-based Regional Centre redistribute quality surplus food to where it’s most needed in the region.

FareShare Sussex’s charitable projects not only offer food to their service users, but also provide other channels of support such as advice on health care, family support and helping people get back into work through volunteering. The latter is how Steve found his way to becoming one of the Regional Centre’s valued volunteer Food Heroes.

FareShare’s volunteer programme sees volunteers experience a range of roles, all helping them to develop skills and confidence with the aim of getting back into work. These opportunities are available to all of FareShare’s volunteers and each year many go on to secure paid employment.

Now, with funding from Asda, Steve has successfully landed a paid job driving for FareShare Sussex and supporting its warehouse operation. Thanks to Asda’s support, this is the first time FareShare has been able to recruit for paid driver positions, which enhances the efficiency of the food charity’s operation to ultimately feed more vulnerable people.

Steve says: “Volunteering for me has changed my life 100 percent. After a year or so of relying on foodbanks and places to help support me, I wanted to help support other people who were in that position.

“It was a low point not having a stable roof over my head for my daughter who was four at the time. I couldn’t afford the food, only just had enough money to get her to and from school.

“Knowing you could be out on the streets any moment, sofa surfing, it was horrible. I think a lot of it is a pride thing, well for me it was, asking for helping knowing that I couldn’t do it myself as much as I tried.

“FareShare’s helped me interact with charities and other people, and it has surprised me the way it makes me feel. I didn’t think I’d feel happy about doing this sort of work. But I love it.”

The Fight Hunger Create Change programme aims to lift one million people out of food poverty across the UK – and this month marks the 1-year anniversary since its launch. Over the course of three years, Asda will invest £20 million to enable both charities to invest in their infrastructure to offer more fresh food and crucial support and advice to people in need.

Join Steve as a FareShare volunteer and find out how you could make a difference in your local community.