A day in the life of a FareShare delivery driver Paul W

7:00am – Loading the chiller van with the day’s orders. This could be up to 10 deliveries in a day.

8:00am – The van driver Paul and driver assistant Anne head out in the van to start their deliveries.

9:00am – Goodwin Pantry receive their delivery of surplus food to be redistributed to those members that are in financial difficulty, vulnerable or shielding due to the covid-19 pandemic. The Goodwin Pantry have worked in conjunction with Hull City Council to become West Hull’s emergency Hub for food parcels. During the first lockdown the pantry supported 1500 families and distributed 100 food parcels every week.

9.30am – The Thornton Pantry receive their trays and have been supporting 50 people every Friday and a consistent 20 emergency food parcels each week.

10:00am – Adelaide Primary School (Great Thornton Estate) Delivery of surplus food for food parcels to be handed out to families on the estate.

11:00am – Thornton estate Youth Club- Receive 20 trays of surplus food to be handed out to the youth club members and families across the estate. At half term through our estate-based youth service we cooked and delivered pizzas to over 50 children on the estate  

11.30am – Vulcan Boxing Club – Receive 80 trays of surplus food to be redistributed across the west of the city.

12.00pm – Bean Street – 100 trays of surplus food delivered to struggling individuals and families across the west of Hull.

Back to FareShare depot to clean van and prepare orders for the following day. 

Case Study of Goodwin Pantry user- Christine T

‘I originally enrolled and attended one of the Goodwin Projects as I was out of work for a while and needed support. I was notified that I was eligible to join the pantry and because I was financially struggling, I jumped at this because it was becoming harder to make ends meet.

I have found the pantry and FareShare’s services a lifeline at times and a great help, especially at times that we have really struggled with a lack of food and I am grateful that I have been offered support.

I know that FareShare are mainly run by amazing volunteers, and the food I have received each week through FareShare at the Goodwin Pantry is amazing. You never know what you will get each week as it changes, but we love the weekly fruit and vegetables. I could not be more grateful for the support I have received.

The difference that FareShare and the Pantry have made to my life is that I could use it if I was struggling, taking away the stress of needing food and providing fresh food. I would go to the Pantry a little later in the day so there was less queues, but I always felt safe attending and it is a lot less frightening than going to a big supermarket.’

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