FareShare, the largest food redistribution charity in the UK, is calling on food heroes right across the country to sign up as volunteers to help people in need in their local community. The call out coincides with the NCVO Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2018) which celebrates the contribution of the 23 million people who volunteer in their communities across the UK.
FareShare’s volunteering shout out is also being turbo charged this year by retail partner Asda, which is leading a store level volunteer drive as part of its newly launched Asda Fight Hunger Create Change programme. Customers will be greeted by Community Champions in Asda stores promoting all the different ways they can get involved, talking about their own experiences in volunteering and encouraging customers to ‘Share Their Time’ by visiting www.asda.com/fight-hunger. Here, customers will be able to find out more about the Asda Fight Hunger Create Change programme, watch inspiring videos* of volunteering and how to register interest in volunteering.
Volunteers help FareShare every step of the way, including collecting, sorting and delivering quality surplus food to thousands of frontline charities. Some volunteer a couple times a year, some every day. Regardless of how often they contribute, FareShare volunteers come because they care, and their contribution is essential.
A volunteer at FareShare Sussex told us, “I really enjoyed my time at FareShare and hope to be able to volunteer again in some capacity. It’s a great insight into the food waste problem and humbling to see the work the charities and outreach projects are doing. Being unemployed it was great to have a reason to get out of bed in the morning and make a real difference in my community.”
Rachel Carless, Development Manager said: “Without our volunteers, FareShare Sussex would not have redistributed surplus food to make over 1 million meals last year, feeding 9618 beneficiaries and saving hundreds of tons of good food from going to waste”.
FareShare can offer a verity of volunteering hours and a wide range of volunteering and training opportunities, including sorting and stacking food in one of FareShare’s 21 regional centres, delivering orders or in the office supporting staff members.
Bryan Precious, Head of Volunteering at FareShare UK: “Our volunteers oil and operate the largest machine fighting food waste and hunger in the UK. They may differ as much as the people they are ultimately helping, but they are all dedicated to helping us tackle food poverty and reduce food waste.”
“The work of our volunteers has an obvious benefit to their communities, and in their own words, volunteering opens up all sorts of doors. In many cases, volunteers come for many reasons but they stay because they have fun, learn new skills and make friends.”
Paul, a FareShare Sussex volunteer explains that through volunteering he has learnt: “That many different kinds of people rely on food charities to have nourishing meals. The sheer number of charitable organisations operating locally is astonishing.”
At FareShare, volunteers are priceless. Come and join them and become a food hero.
Find out more: www.fareshare.org.uk