Stories from Lockdown: Burnside Centre – WATCH

The Burnside Centre is a community centre in Langley, Rochdale, which launched its own food delivery project earlier this year as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With a small pot of funding and weekly food supplies from FareShare Greater Manchester, the centre has been able to deliver groceries and a daily hot meal to the local community.

Since starting the project in May 2020, the project has delivered almost 1,000 hot meals and over 700 grocery parcels to the doorsteps of local people in need. The hot meals are freshly prepared onsite and the recipes – which change each week – are shared on social media as cooking demonstrations.

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

 

See what the Burnside Centre’s support means to its local community in our Lockdown Story film:

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.