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.”