FareShare South West are supporting more than 50 youth projects this summerPosted on: 20 Jul 2021
The Bristol-based team have secured over 30 tonnes of food provisions for young people across the region.
The South West arm of national food support charity FareShare have announced plans to distribute more than 30 tonnes of food to youth projects across the region during the summer holidays.
Providing for more than 50 summer projects this year, the team are working in partnership with Feeding Bristol to take a huge step in making sure fewer children go hungry while they're out of school.
The 'Food for Holiday Projects' scheme will operate from FareShare's reopened HQ at Ashton Gate Stadium, the base for their emergency food distribution network that saw the team operate at six times its usual capacity at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just as the summer holidays are about to begin, we've announced the work we'll be doing, in partnership with @FeedingBristol, to prevent families from falling through the gaps: https://t.co/vkzXHdrDx2— FareShare South West (@FareShareSW) July 20, 2021
Expected to distribute enough food for more than 71,000 meals during the summer holidays, FareShare will be combining bulk deliveries of food and ingredients with smaller food parcels and packed lunches.
Food businesses and producers across the South West are assisting the team in reaching as many projects and young people as possible, with both Yeo Valley and Wyke Farms donating significant amounts of fresh food.
Speaking on the launch of the 'Food for Holiday Projects' initiative, FareShare South West CEO Julian Mines said:
“Before the pandemic, we knew that 1 in 4 children were at risk of hunger in Bristol, and with the impacts of the past 15 months, we anticipate that number has grown.
“School holidays are a key, time-critical moment to provide support to families to avoid them falling through the gaps and into more complex issues relating to poverty.
“Year on year we’ve supported holiday projects in Bristol as these are a brilliant way to reach children who might otherwise go hungry.”
With the operation already underway, FareShare South West are appealing for businesses and members of the local community to show their support by volunteering their time to assist in the warehouse.
Interested parties can contact the FareShare team via email to enquire about shift availability throughout the summer period.
Alternatively, to find out more about FareShare South West, or to make a donation to the 'Food for Holiday Projects' scheme, head to the charity's website.
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