40 trays of food collected for Hull families

It was such an amazing day for the #TeamingUpForFamilies food collection. The sun was shining and everyone was having a great time at the #Hull&Proud event that took place in #WestPark before Hull FC match on Saturday 17th August 2019.

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The generous public donated a huge 40 trays worth of ambient food, which will be used to support local families across Hull who are struggling with food poverty and insecurity. The food has been delivered to the FareShare depot to be sorted and packed ready for delivery.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated this weekend. In the UK, 4.7 million people are living in severe food insecure households, which means their food intake is greatly reduced and children regularly experience physical sensations of hunger. FareShare’s research shows that 46% of people accessing the services of our charity partners have gone a whole day without a proper meal in the last month. These figures show just how important your donations are to the families in Hull.

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Healthy Holidays in Hull

 
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                                   FareShare Volunteer Mandy and Driver Alex with Linda from Endeavour who has been making the packed lunches.

 

This summer we have been working alongside Hull City Council to provide healthy pack lunches for school aged children across they city through a range of different providers.

With the help of our generous food donors we hope to have provided enough food to make almost 12,000 meals by the end of the six week summer holidays. These meals are vital, especially for the families who usually receive free school meals during term time. There are around 40 different organisations in Hull who have provided sessions for children to keep them active, engaged and fed throughout the summer break.

We still have a few weeks to go before children return to school, so there are still plenty of opportunities for local donors to get involved to help support this wonderful project.

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Teaming Up For Families

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FareShare Hull & Humber, Hull City Council, Hull FC & Hull KR would like to invite you to support one of our recent projects- Teaming up for Families. The aim of the project is to encourage fans of the two major rugby teams in Hull to bring along ambient food donations when they attend the matches, which will then be used to support families within the city that are struggling with food poverty or insecurity.

The first round of collections at the matches in April proved to be a huge success- a whopping 72 trays worth of food was donated by the generous public. This food was then redistributed by FareShare to 9 schools across the city, to help support families who are struggling.

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Following this success, we arranged two more collection days-

Saturday 17th August Hull FC

Sunday 8th September Hull KR

If you are attending these matches and would like to contribute to our food collection, please bring along just one tinned item. If every fan donated just one tin we would collect a massive 37,000 tins!

Please note* All donations must be in date. No fresh, chilled or frozen products will be accepted.

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Teams from National Citizen Service & Tigers Trust raise awareness about Food poverty in Hull & Humber

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This year FareShare Hull & Humber were lucky enough to be the chosen charity of two National Citizens Service teams, whose aim was to raise awareness of food poverty in the region, and raise funds for the Healthy Holidays programme.

The first team used surplus food to organise a bake sale, alongside a sponsored walk. The funds raised from these events was used to create healthy eating surplus food recipe booklets to be shared with the youth groups and children’s centers.

The second team promoted the work we do at FareShare, by engaging with the public and asking them what their perception of poverty is in 2019. The funds raised from their work is to be used to support the Healthy Holidays programme, and the Backpack Buddies organisation that provides food for families on a weekend.

We really appreciate all of the hard work that the teams from NCS, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact they have made on families this summer.

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FareShare Hull & Humber support local Holiday Hunger programme

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Summer should be a time of fun and excitement for children, but for many this is not the case.

For families whose children are eligible for free school meals, once school is out, this safety net is removed. Additional costs for activities and childcare can be a strain on families who are already working extra hard to provide the meals their kids would normally get at school. The effects on the children go beyond the holidays, with kids returning to school in September malnourished, tired and unable to learn.

This summer, we are working with Hull City Council who are running the Healthy Holidays programme across the city, by providing them with food to make 350 healthy packed lunches every day for the full 6 weeks holidays.

For more information about activities and events this summer http://www.hull.gov.uk/articles/healthy-holidays

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Hull food charity reveals huge rise in demand from struggling families

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A CHARITY that provides food to the most needy in East Yorkshire has seen a massive increase in demand.
FareShare Hull and Humber, which is run by the Goodwin Trust in the region, says there has been a 53 per cent increase in charities and groups seeking food to help struggling families.
The organisation has provided charities with food for more than 363,000 meals in the past year and is now supporting 89 charities to help meet demand.

A total of 4,270 people received food every day last year from the charity – up from 2,780 in 2012.

Those affected by homelessness are still the highest beneficiaries, but the number of children and families receiving help through breakfast clubs, youth centres and community cafés has doubled in the past year, now accounting for a quarter of all people receiving help.

JJ Tatten, of the Goodwin Development Trust, said: “These official figures confirm what we’ve known for some time – that the issue of food poverty is a rapidly worsening situation in our region due to the emergence of the plight of the working poor.

“This, coupled with the perfect social storm of unemployment and benefits cuts, has resulted in soaring dependency on FareShare food.”

FareShare Hull and Humber is part of the national charity FareShare, which supports 1,296 charities and community projects across the UK and has provided them with enough food for one million meals a month in the past year.
Janine White helps run the Preston Road Families Association and says she relies heavily on help from FareShare.
She said: “The charity gives us so many trays of food and often extras when it can.

“We then hand out food parcels to those who need them in the area.

“We have seen a large increase in those receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance being sanctioned, meaning their benefits are stopped for whatever reason, leaving them with nothing to live on for weeks at a time.

“There is no question we are seeing a huge increase in demand. I would say demand has tripled in the past six months.
“We are helping about ten people a week on average and provide them with breakfast and at least one more meal a day.
“We are all volunteers and don’t get paid, so we rely on the likes of FareShare.”

The majority of food supplied by FareShare is surplus, meaning it would have otherwise gone to waste.
This food is all in-date but has become surplus as a result of labelling errors, damaged packaging or not meeting specifications.
FareShare Hull and Humber received 237 tonnes of food in the past year, 85 per cent of which was surplus.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said: “The trends are alarming. We’re supporting more people and more charities than ever and while we hear the economy is recovering, we know it will always be hardest for the most vulnerable in society to regularly access food.”
East Hull MP Karl Turner said: “We are seeing a growing cost of living crisis that is pushing families into severe hardship.

“Rising food poverty is a national scandal and six in ten people say they are worried about how they will be able to manage their future spending on groceries.
“Despite claims of a recovering economy, a 53 per cent increase in the use of FareShare in Hull shows that the recovery may be helping some but not the majority.
“I hope the Chancellor will use this week’s budget to address issues such as the unfair bedroom tax, which is forcing more families to turn to food banks.”

Read more: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Hull-food-charity-reveals-huge-rise-demand/story-20822621-detail/story.html#ixzz2x1Znp4jI

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FareShare takes food poverty fight to Westminster

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FareShare’s fight against food poverty has been taken right to the House of Commons. Karl Turner MP (East Hull) has submitted an Early Day Motion to Parliament, calling on all MPs to work with FareShare and the food industry to alleviate food poverty through the distribution of surplus food.

Mr Turner, who is the patron of FareShare Hull, offered to submit the EDM on behalf of the food charity following a FareShare event last month which highlighted the rapidly worsening food poverty crisis in the Humber region. Many local food companies attended the event and pledged their support to FareShare Hull in terms of food donations, advice and equipment.

Mr Turner said: “MPs, councillors and community leaders should be showing leadership on this issue and work with FareShare, community groups and the food industry to alleviate levels of food poverty. Food businesses should also recognise the role they can play in alleviating food poverty by working with FareShare to distribute surplus food to those in need.”

FareShare chief executive Lindsay Boswell said: “The demand for our services has grown dramatically, 59 per cent in the past 12 months, and we estimate that we handle less than 0.1 per cent of the surplus food available. We desperately need more responsible food companies to work with us. If just one per cent of the surplus food in the UK was given to FareShare, we could provide 70 million meals for people in need.”

If you are a food company interested in donating food to FareShare then please contact JJ Tatten on 01482 587550 or email jtatten@goodwin-centre.org

http://www.goodwintrust.org/news/fareshare-takes-food-poverty-fight-to-westminster/

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Heron Foods donates chiller van to FareShare in Hull

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A FOOD company has rushed to the aid of a charity handing out parcels to the hungry and needy.

FareShare in Hull had two chiller vans to distribute food to homeless groups and community centres but one broke down beyond repair earlier this summer .

The charity desperately needed a replacement van to get back on the road and, after an appeal for help in the Mail, Heron Foods came forward.

The company donated one of their chiller vans and even put FareShare branding on it for free.

JJ Tatten, of Goodwin Development Trust, which operates the FareShare scheme, said: “It really warms your heart to know that people care.

“It was a real community effort – the project is run by local volunteers, it helps local charities, our local newspaper helped us appeal for a van and a local company came to our rescue.

“It proves the network works if you’re willing to ask.”

FareShare distributes to about 80 organisations in the Hull and East Riding area from its warehouse in Sutton Fields.

It receives surplus food from top- name brands and supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s, Jackson’s and Marks & Spencers.

There is nothing wrong with the food, but the companies sometimes have to throw out products if they have an incorrect barcode, a wrong label or the line has been discontinued.

If it was not donated to FoodShare, it would most probably end up in a landfill, as it cannot be sold in shops.

Heron commercial director Mike Igoe said the company was pleased to help out.

He said: “We’re a discount food shop, so we understand the importance of making every pound stretch as far as it can go.

“We recognise there are some people in such difficult circumstances they have to rely on foodbanks and schemes like FareShare, so we’re happy to help in that respect.”

Mr Igoe was given a tour of the Sutton Fields warehouse this week and met some of the volunteers involved in the scheme.

He said: “They have a great army of volunteers all working hard.

“It was good to see young lads gaining experience and working hard, rather than sitting about.

“We want to look at how we can continue our relationship with FareShare in the future and hopefully help them in other ways, too.”

Read more: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Heron-Foods-donates-chiller-van-FareShare-Hull/story-20039282-detail/story.html#ixzz2wpLaJzs3

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FareShare collections in Hull and East Riding help feed thousands of poor families

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GENEROUS shoppers have helped to feed thousands of people who cannot afford food.

A food drive held this weekend showed how generous the region’s people are, with donations even coming from those who are themselves struggling financially.

FareShare in Hull teamed up with Tesco stores from Friday to Sunday to encourage shoppers to put extra non- perishable food items in their basket.

The items were collected to send out to organisations that distribute food to families who cannot afford to buy their own.

JJ Tatten, of the Goodwin Development Trust, which helps run the FareShare scheme in Hull, was with volunteer collectors at the north Hull Tesco store.

He said: “What always strikes me about the people of Hull is that they are incredibly generous.

“There was an endless stream of people happy to donate food, sometimes in extremely large quantities.

“The difference this year, though, compared with our campaigns in previous years, is that people were openly talking about their own struggles.

“People were telling us they couldn’t afford to give anything because they could barely afford to feed themselves.”

Mr Tatten spoke of one woman who was reduced to tears, revealing her own poverty meant she struggled to afford meals.

He said: “She very eloquently explained to me the situation she was in.

“In telling me, she became very upset and embarrassed.

“She kept using the word ‘embarrassed’ and I kept trying to tell her there was nothing to feel embarrassed about.

“She was having a bad run of luck and it wasn’t her fault she was in that particular situation.”

But despite the number of families who struggle to provide food for the table, many were willing to give whatever they could to the collections.

“Very elderly people with walking sticks and disabled people, who themselves are under the cosh with the changes in welfare, were still stepping up to the mark,” said Mr Tatten.

“A lot of people spoke very strongly of their feelings of solidarity with those who are struggling.

“They were appalled about the situations some people find themselves in and were desperately keen to do something about it.”

FareShare’s collections took place in Tesco stores across the region, with volunteers helping out in Withernsea, Market Weighton, Driffield, Goole, Hornsea, Bridlington and Hull.

MPs Karl Turner and Diana Johnson volunteered at the Hall Road store in Hull on Friday.

However, FareShare also receives surplus foods from brand-name giants, including Tesco and Marks & Spencer.

Mr Tatten said: “Although our collection drive is over now, there are other ways people can help us to combat food poverty.

“We’re looking for volunteers for our distribution warehouse in Sutton Fields.

“We’d also be grateful to hear from anyone who would like to donate money for petrol for our distribution vans, or for our utility bills, as it takes a lot of electricity to store the food and keep it cool.”

Anyone wishing to help can call 01482 587550 and ask to be put through to the FareShare team or JJ Tatten.

Read more: http://www.bridlingtonpeople.co.uk/FareShare-collections-Hull-East-Riding-help-feed/story-20252217-detail/story.html#ixzz2wpKbB9dH

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Hull people urged to help their own and donate food to FareShare project

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A CHARITY’S biggest ever food drive is launched today, to help poor families in Hull and the East Riding.

FareShare in Hull says thousands of families are suffering the burden of debt in the city and can barely afford to put meals on the table.

Today, FareShare schemes across the country are teaming up with Tesco stores to appeal for donations of food.

It comes just two days after Hull was dubbed one of the most debt-ridden cities in the country, with 43 per cent of adults struggling to make ends meet.

JJ Tatten, of Goodwin Development Trust, which operates the city’s FareShare scheme, said: “We collect food at our warehouse in Sutton Fields, where it is then distributed to organisations across Hull.

“At one venue in the city, they had 46 people queuing for food one morning.

“That really brings home what we’re doing – it is shocking so many people in Hull are living like this.

“People are struggling with money, as the news this week shows, so it is also safe to assume that part of those debt problems include struggles to pay for food.”

FareShare in Hull distributes to about 80 organisations in the Hull and East Riding area from its warehouse.

It receives surplus food from top-name brands and supermarkets, including Jackson’s and Marks & Spencer.

There is nothing wrong with the food, but the companies sometimes have to throw out products with problems – such as incorrect barcodes, wrong labels or if a line has been discontinued.

If it was not donated to FareShare, it would probably end up in a landfill, as it cannot be sold in shops.

Mr Tatten said: “To help us with our drive, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday we’re doing a big drive at Tesco stores.

“There will be drop-off points at all Tesco stores, but we will have a team of volunteers giving out advice and leaflets at the stores in Hall Road, north Hull, Bridlington, Driffield, Withernsea and Market Weighton.

“Previous campaigns have shown three volunteers can raise half a tonne of food in a three-hour shift.

“That equates to 1,190 meals, so it does make a difference having volunteers at the stores.

“We need as many people as possible to donate non-perishable foods, such as tinned goods or dry pasta.”

To help raise the profile of the campaign, MPs Karl Turner and Diana Johnson will both be helping out at the Hall Road store in Hull today.

Mr Turner is a patron of FareShare Humber while Ms Johnson is the MP for the Hull North constituency.

Read more: http://www.bridlingtonpeople.co.uk/Hull-people-urged-help-donate-food-FareShare/story-20239284-detail/story.html#ixzz2wpJzEZ7B

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