Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Time for Most Vulnerable to Have FareShare of Food ; MEN Launches Appeal Alongside Charity Group

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Time for Most Vulnerable to Have FareShare of Food ; MEN Launches Appeal Alongside Charity Group

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TODAY the MEN launches a major appeal to get more of the city's food to vulnerable families.

We are backing FareShare North West, a food distribution charity aiming to deliver more than 250 tonnes of food around Greater Manchester this year.

But the charity desperately needs more companies in the region to get involved, donating either food or funds to help them reach more needy children.

Restaurants can also get involved, by taking part in Fare- Share's 'One Pound Meal Appeal' - by offering diners the chance to add an extra pound to their bill to give to the charity.

Now we are calling on businesses across the city to sign up to our 'Roll of Honour' - and pledge to get involved with our campaign and end the scandal of our hungry children.

Food and drink companies can donate surplus or in-date items to FareShare, while others can make a cash donation.

Corporate volunteers who can fundraise or act in a mentoring role to those who receive donations are also needed to give their time.

All the companies who pledge to help FareShare will be featured in the MEN.

All food donated to Fare-Share, run by Manchester-based charity Emerge, is stored in their Openshaw warehouse, before being distributed to school breakfast clubs, homeless shelters and luncheon clubs.

Both perishable and tinned or packet foods can be donated with cupboard staples such as sugar and tea needed. Financial donations will help FareShare pay for a second van to make more deliveries and run cooking sessions for needy families.

Lucy Danger, CEO of Emerge, said: "We are absolutely delighted that the MEN has taken up this crucial issue."

"In the current climate there is even more pressure on our already over-stretched resources, yet edible in-date food continues to be wasted by the food industry, causing pollution and costing money, whilst more people are going hungry due to poverty."

FareShare currently collects surplus foods from companies including Kelloggs and Greggs, alongside fresh produce from traders at Smithfield Market.

They are also supported by corporate partners including Trafford Park-based food manufacturer Cargill's. …

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