Our Royal visitors: ‘You show us the best of human nature’

Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited us on 7 December to pay tribute to the whole FareShare network and all of the volunteers and organisations that have supported us during the pandemic.

The visit to our depot was part of a three-day trip their Royal Highnesses took to meet organisations across the UK who have support those most in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Duke and Duchess were shown around our new warehouse, Melanie Maynard House, and had a chance to meet some of our amazing volunteers who have worked tirelessly in challenging conditions to get vital food supplies to communities across Greater Manchester.

You are the people that have not only kept our country going but have also helped warm all our hearts by showing us the very best of human nature.
The Duke of Cambridge

Representatives from Asda, Kellogg’s, John Lewis and Waitrose, who have supported us throughout the year with funding and food donations, were also in attendance.

The night was capped off with a special musical performance inside the warehouse by Wayne Ellington and Manchester Inspirational Voices, presented by Band on the Wall. Our fantastic community food members across the city region were able to join via Zoom to enjoy the event.

We are so grateful to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for taking the time to visit our warehouse and meet our team of dedicated staff and volunteers – during what has been an incredibly challenging and difficult time for the people and charities we support. The COVID-19 crisis has presented a challenge like nothing we have ever experienced and we continue to work tirelessly to get food to the children, families and individuals who need it most across Greater Manchester and the rest of the UK.
Lucy Danger, CEO of EMERGE, which operates FareShare Greater Manchester

 

A big thank you to our staff, volunteers and everyone who helped us to make the night such a success, including Manchester Markets, Band on the Wall, Wayne Ellington, John Lewis & Partners, the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Police, and of course FareShare UK.

 

270,000 tonnes of perfectly edible food gets wasted by the food industry each year.

That’s enough for nearly 650,000,000 meals