A regional food charity will have capacity to provide an additional 265,000 more meals to vulnerable and low income people each year thanks to Asda funding the costs of a new van.
FareShare South West, based in Bristol, is one of the regional operations of FareShare UK, and reduces food waste by diverting quality, surplus food within the supply chain to more than 250 frontline community groups and charities across the South West. Projects include homeless hostels, school breakfast clubs, rehabilitation centres and lunch clubs for older people.
The new van, along with a new, recently installed industrial chiller, will afford the charity extra capacity to recruit up to 31 new local charities and community groups in the next year. FareShare estimates the additional food it provides to frontline organisations could reach up to 3,317 more people at risk of hunger across the region.
Official statistics show that more than one in four children in Bristol are living in poverty with many families struggling on a daily basis to afford food. The need for FareShare’s service has never been higher and the new van was therefore vital in order to meet the needs of the region’s most vulnerable people.