Marcus, Melanie and the story of our (not-quite-finished) new depot

In 2020, we’ve provided 5.5 million meal portions to tens of thousands of people across Greater Manchester. This wouldn’t have been possible without the inspiring work of Marcus Rashford and his mum, Melanie.

Marcus has been instrumental this year in helping the whole FareShare Network to raise millions. All in order to provide meals for children and families who might not otherwise eat during the COVID-19 crisis.

October visit from Marcus and Melanie

In October, he brought his mum Melanie to visit our new warehouse, which will be named Melanie Maynard House in recognition of her and other parents like her who work tirelessly to provide for their children in difficult circumstances.

Marcus’ and Melanie’s inspiring story has been documented in the BBC’s new documentary, Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children.

Reliance on FareShare GM food has reached unprecedented levels during the pandemic. Between 50,000 and 60,000 people and some 230 frontline charities currently depend on FareShare GM each week.

We’re grateful to Marcus and his national campaign to raise awareness of child food poverty. We’ve delivered more than 2,300 tonnes to people in need across Greater Manchester since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March.

However, our work is far from over. Even before the pandemic began, there were already 620,000 people struggling in Greater Manchester and extreme poverty was rapidly growing in the UK. More than a million households and half a million children experienced destitution at some point in 2019. The North West in particular is struggling.

Melanie Maynard House will significantly improve our capacity, allowing us to provide over 7 million meals a year to those in need. But even though the building has a new name and a plaque waiting to go on the wall, there’s more to do. Building work is ongoing, with funding from our capital appeal.

Only £20,000 to go

We’ve received amazing support so far; now there’s only £200,000 to go for us to fund the complete refurbishment.

This year has been like no other, with more families stretched to the brink than ever before. It’s thanks to people like Marcus Rashford, his family, and all our fantastic supporters, volunteers and frontline charities that we’ve been able to provide so many meals for people in need. But the need isn’t going to go away in 2021 – if anything it will get greater. That’s why our new building is so important, and even though FareShare’s got Marcus Rashford on the team, we still need everyone’s support to get the ball over the line.

Miranda Kaunang, Head of Development at FareShare GM

Join us in fighting for a hunger-free future

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.