The Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded £60,000 to FareShare to fund their work distributing surplus food to people in need in the West Midlands. The Foundation’s grant was presented by Warwickshire Freemason John Hayward and his wife, Linda, to Fareshare West Midlands’ depot in Birmingham.
The three-year grant will part-fund a warehouse manager at the depot and will also help towards the cost of the charity’s refrigerated vans.
FareShare West Midlands redistributes a wide variety of good quality, in date food that has been diverted from waste, to more than 100 frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people across the region.
The food supplied by FareShare enables organisations such as homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs and domestic violence refuges to serve up nutritious meals for people in need alongside life-changing support.
The £60,000 grant is one of the first Community Support and Research grants to be awarded by the Foundation.
Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, said: “We are grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generous support, which will enable FareShare West Midlands to get more good, surplus food to charities and community groups in the local area, that provide vital and life-changing support to vulnerable people.”
John Hayward said: “My visit to FareShare West Midlands was a real eye-opener. I had no idea just how much perfectly good food would be wasted were it not for FareShare. The quantities they receive are amazing and the efficiency with which the staff and volunteers move food on to those in need is a remarkable operation. They thoroughly deserve the funding they receive and a great deal of credit for the service they are providing to those most in need in society. I was most impressed by all the enthusiastic volunteers and staff that I met, and proud to be part of an organisation that has helped to fund this very worthwhile operation.”
For further information about the charity’s work, please visit : www.fareshare.org.uk