Poole residents who run coffee mornings, lunch clubs and evening buffets for their neighbours have recruited more Community Food Members to join PHP’s successful FareShare scheme.
Rejected food is delivered once a week and residents pay £3 a tray – which can include quality, in-date goods ranging from a whole box of Tesco Finest bacon to 12 pieces of steak – to feed vulnerable people in their communities. Over 200 residents have benefited so far.
New Community Food Member Beverley Law hosts breakfast clubs at Cynthia Close sheltered scheme in Upper Parkstone. With support from PHP, Beverley has completed a food safety and hygiene course and was also provided with colour-coded chopping boards, fridge/freezer thermometers and blue plasters to aid the efficient running of a safe kitchen,
Beverley said: “The great thing about FareShare is it helps fight food poverty, social isolation and food waste, and the money we make goes straight back to the residents, including an outing on the Age UK bus. We’ve had more and more people coming to breakfast clubs too – the number has risen from five to 17 residents! I would highly recommend getting involved with the scheme.”
Fellow Community Food Member Gill Akejder uses the FareShare produce to sell lunches for £1.50, or meals with a desert for £3, at Stanfield Close sheltered scheme. Joan Brown, a new member, helps at Ralph Jessop Court and heard about the scheme through word of mouth. Joan said: “I will hopefully recommend it to other people.”
Last year alone, FareShare supported 16.6m vulnerable people in the UK. Find out how you could get involved in the Poole scheme by contacting Claire Wade on 01202 264310.