last updated on: 31st Jan 2014
Food poverty is now a major, high profile issue in the UK. In the current economic climate, people on the margins of society are often hit the hardest. 5.8 million people in the UK are now in ’deep poverty’. The basic necessities of life, such as where the next meal is coming from, become a major issue for them.
FareShare Leicester began as a small project of the Diocese of Leicester in 2007, becoming a franchise of the national charity FareShare (www.fareshare.org.uk) in 2008.
FareShare takes good quality surplus food from the food industry that is used for those in need, rather than being sent to landfill. All food is within its use-by date and complies with strict hygiene legislation. Food is distributed to accredited member groups (NOT TO DIRECT TO INDIVIDUALS) that meet the FareShare criteria, regardless of religious or other affiliation.
Two years ago, FareShare Leicester was supplying food to 20 member groups. 2012/13 saw the most significant stage of development of FareShare Leicester since it started. We now lease warehouse premises, which have been fitted out with racking, a walk-in chiller unit and other equipment to support operations. We have our own dedicated vehicles (one chiller van and one plain van) and a forklift truck. We now operate five days a week, supplying over 60 member groups and issued 300 tonnes of food in 2013. We have about 40 regular volunteers working over 140 hours per week.
Since April 2013, our activities have extended outside the City and County, with the introduction of deliveries to satellite hubs in North Warwickshire and Derbyshire, each supplying eight member groups.
Raising the profile of food poverty in our society is an important part of our work. We have been featured on BBC East Midlands TV, the subject of a 30 minute documentary by BBC Radio Leicester and were keynote speakers at the Derby Cathedral Global Hunger Summit.
FareShare Leicester is a self supporting registered charity, entirely dependent upon income generated, grants and donations.
If you want to help FareShare Leicester in fighting hunger and tackling food waste, please contact us: -
Unit 4, The Oaks Industrial Estate
Coventry Road, Narborough
Leicestershire LE19 2GF
T: 0116 286 7735 or 07863 763 647
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