Our donation to support a vital food redistribution charity help people impacted by COVID-19 has resulted in it being able to create 873,000 meals for vulnerable people in just three months.
We handed over the five-figure sum to FareShare East Anglia at the start of lockdown to pay for extra transport and staffing costs to make sure that more emergency food packages continue to be delivered to those in need.
This has helped the organisation redistribute 367 tonnes of food in the local community to 102 different organisations – a rise of 350% compared to this time last year.
Hannah Gallimore, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Central England Co-op, said: “We are delighted to see that our donation to FareShare East Anglia has made such a massive difference during these difficult times.
“We are extremely proud of our long-term relationship with FareShare and were pleased to be able to extend the work we already do to ensure that those impacted by the Coronavirus could continue to access vital food.”
FareShare East Anglia is based out of Ipswich and works with 71 local charities to stop good food from going to waste and redistributing it to charities and community groups across the East of England.
This comes after we previously made a similar five-figure donation to FareShare Midlands to again cover transport and staffing costs for the vital organisation.
We have also recently donated a further £100,000 as part of the its Summer Support for Kids campaign to help with work to combat holiday hunger among youngsters.
We already work with FareShare Midlands on a ground-breaking food redistribution project that sees all best before food items and non-food goods that cannot be sold taken to our Food Distribution Centre, in Leicester, where it is then delivered to FareShare who send them to support dozens of local charities.