A ground-breaking Lincolnshire food hub, opened in mid-July 2021, has already redistributed over 41,000 nutritious meals to local food charities.Each day, unsold food including fruit and veg, baked goods and chilled food is donated by local partners including the Lincolnshire Co-op and Gousto, a British meal kit supplier.
This good quality food is rapidly redistributed to vulnerable people through charitable organisations in the area who are tackling food poverty. Working in partnership with FareShare means these organisations can support many more families and individuals. This includes offering access to food and delivering delicious meals to the elderly and children in schools.
The FareShare Food Redistribution Hub in Vulcan Park is seeking additional groups to support, including community cafes or larders, before and after school clubs, hostels and luncheon clubs. They would love to hear from any of these kinds of organisations that would benefit from this food.
At the same time, the Hub requires passionate people to volunteer in the warehouse. Volunteers perform essential tasks, such as driving the vans making collections and deliveries, and sorting and packing the food. They gain valuable experience and see the impact of their actions firsthand.
Furthermore, extra supermarkets, suppliers, food manufacturers and food production companies in the area are needed to join the scheme and grow the volume of food available to beneficiaries.
The hub is run by FareShare Midlands with support from FareShare Hull, and is backed by stakeholders committed to fighting food inequality including the Lincolnshire Community Foundation and The Lincolnshire Food Partnership.
FareShare Midlands Director, Simone Connolly said “We are delighted with the immediate success of the Lincoln Hub, however we need to go even further. We would like to help more Lincolnshire community groups who are supporting local people suffering the effects of poverty and the ramifications of COVID19. We also wish to unlock more useful, surplus food from the food industry which would otherwise be wasted”.
Member Stephanie Carruthers of the Coastal Community Team 99, said “Since starting the food deliveries my clients have been able to have fresh fruit and veg added to their parcels, occasionally meat too. This has made a massive difference to their lives. We hope the Hub can keep up the excellent work”.
To sign up to be a FareShare member and benefit from the Lincoln Food Redistribution Hub, to volunteer in the warehouse, or to donate surplus food, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about FareShare Midlands, please visit the website https://faresharemidlands.org.uk/.