FareShare South West extend distribution target for FoodStock projectPosted on: 16 Feb 2021
The FareShare team have been supporting vulnerable people across the South West throughout the pandemic.
The South West arm of national charity FareShare have announced a new target for emergency food operation FoodStock, with the team now looking to distribute enough food for 2.5 million meals by the end of March 2021.
Set up in November 2020, FoodStock was established to provide vital food support for people across the region severely impacted by the coronavirus crisis, initially working towards a target of 1 million meals for those in need.
Scheduled to conclude in mid-February, the operation has now been extended to meet demand - find out more and make a donation on the FareShare website.
????ANNOUNCING: A brand new target of distributing food for 2.5MILLION MEALS as part of our extended winter operation: #FOODSTOCK2020.— FareShare South West (@FareShareSW) February 11, 2021
Exceeding our 1million meal target + soaring need + more food committed by suppliers means we can and must aim higher.????https://t.co/1COcLosSEv pic.twitter.com/EcomJtNLQR
FareShare have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to prepare and distribute food across the South West region, supporting frontline workers, vulnerable people and their families.
Operating out of their temporary HQ at Ashton Gate Stadium, the team are now looking to set up a sustainable, long-term system, hoping to provide over 300 organisations with good-quality surplus food week in, week out.
Speaking on the announcement of their new FoodStock distribution target, FareShare South West CEO, Julian Mines, said:
“When we returned from Christmas, it was apparent that the optimism many of us had felt towards the end of 2020 was perhaps a little premature and that the impacts of this pandemic were set to continue well into 2021.
“The frontline charities, schools and settings who get this food are clearly telling us that need is continuing to soar in their communities. This is no surprise, particularly considering the most recent lockdown.
“We are fortunate to have had more food committed to us by DEFRA, meaning along with important local partnerships with food businesses, we can continue receiving and redistributing emergency food at scale right up until the end of March.”
As well as extending their food distribution target, FareShare have set themselves the challenge of raising an extra £10,000 in public donations, as they come close to reaching their original goal of £20,000.
To find out more about FoodStock 2020, or to donate to the project, head to the FareShare website.
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