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Volunteers’ Week: Celebrating local community support

We at FareShare GM are grateful for the support of our local community, including the team at Wright Robinson College. Their willingness to lend a hand during these challenging times has been truly inspiring.

About local community support from Wright Robinson College

Located only a mile from our warehouse in Gorton, Wright Robinson College has been working with us over the last month to support our food deliveries to frontline charities. Their efforts have helped ensure that those in need continue to receive the vital support they require, even during the school closures.

The team at Wright Robinson College is made up of approximately 30 staff members, including teachers, pastoral staff, and headteacher Mr. M Haworth. Led by Ms. H Thompson, director of Year 7, they have come together to share delivery shifts and make a real difference in the lives of those in their local community.

Their contributions have not gone unnoticed, and we believe that their example serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of community support. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those around us, and we encourage others to follow in their footsteps and join our efforts to deliver food to frontline charities in Greater Manchester.

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“I contacted FareShare to ask if there was anything we could do as a school to help during the pandemic. We have a number of minibuses that were just parked up not being used and a large number of staff who were willing to volunteer, so it was a perfect fit. We’re now taking two of our minibuses down twice a week to deliver food parcels to local charities. It benefits our little community and it’s given us all a feeling of real positivity.

The staff have really enjoyed it – it’s a great opportunity to get out of the house and into the community meeting different charities and making new connections.

Even though the school is now beginning to re-open we’re going to continue supporting FareShare with deliveries throughout this year. As a college we have always impressed upon our young people the need for resilience, teamwork and working with our local community to be the best that we can be, especially in the current climate.”

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Happy with their assistance

Helen Gorton, FareShare GM collections coordinator, said:

“Wright Robinson have been a delight to deal with. And they have got food out to organisations that couldn’t have otherwise collected. It’s been absolutely amazing to have their support.”

Our experience tells us that much of the food aid work happening in neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester is led and sustained by charity volunteers. We send a heartfelt thank you to all the #foodheroes out there who are making sure that people in need get access to good food.

To celebrate #VolunteersWeek 2020, we’ll be sharing stories of our amazing volunteers every day this week.

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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.