food delivery with The Burnside Centre

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The Burnside Centre, a community centre in Langley, Rochdale, has been supporting local people in need with their own food delivery project since early 2020. They have received weekly food supplies from FareShare Greater Manchester and have been able to provide groceries and daily hot meals to the local community.

About Burnside Centre

Since May 2020, the project has delivered almost 1,000 hot meals and over 700 grocery parcels to those who need it most. The hot meals are prepared fresh on-site and the recipes are shared on social media as cooking demonstrations.

Thanks to FareShare GM, the Burnside Centre has received almost one tonne of food, which has allowed them to continue supporting their community during these difficult times. The food parcels not only meet the need for food, but also provide a friendly chat and check-in on those who may need extra support.

Over the past few months we have received a combined weight of almost one tonne of food from FareShare Greater Manchester. Without this we would be unable to support our community in the way that we have. Often times the people we deliver to are socially isolated and during the pandemic have not been able to leave their house at all. By offering the food parcels we’re not only providing to the need of food, but we’re also able to offer a friendly doorstep chat and check in on those who may need a little extra support during this difficult time.

“The consistent deliveries from FareShare have allowed us to keep in touch with our community and reach out to the individuals and families that need some form of support. We’re extremely grateful that we’ve been able to continue our work with the community and work on a project that so far has helped 140 individuals just on our local estate.



Kaireen McDonald, Burnside Project Development Coordinator


The consistent deliveries from FareShare GM have enabled the Burnside Centre to keep in touch with the community and reach out to those who require support. See what the Burnside Centre’s support means to its local community in our Lockdown Story film:

With their food delivery project, the Burnside Centre has shown how a small pot of funding and weekly food supplies from FareShare GM can make a big difference in the local community.

The Burnside Centre’s food delivery project has been a lifeline for many local families, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable. Thanks to their partnership with FareShare Greater Manchester, they have been able to provide essential food supplies and hot meals to those in need. The community center has also been sharing their recipes on social media, encouraging people to try new dishes at home. The project has received support from several local businesses, including Fresh Direct Northwest, which has been supplying fresh fruits and vegetables. You can learn more about Fresh Direct Northwest and their commitment to sustainability on their website.

food redistribution charity

FareShare is the only charity to take food from the wholesale level of the food industry

The vast majority of surplus occurs before food even gets to the supermarket. Each FareShare regional centre takes that food and redistributes to those in need. FareShare Go is our supermarket collection service, which deals with supermarket-level surplus.