Flintshire Communities First supports FareShare
Flintshire Communities First has recently joined forces with the FareShare
FoodCloud project in North Wales.
The aim of the scheme is to redistribute fit to eat food from stores directly
to charities, not-for-profit organisations and community groups. Fareshare,
which is a national charity, is currently launching this scheme in Tesco Extras
and Superstores across North Wales.
Vera Davey, Communities First Lead Officer for Health, has recently helped two
local voluntary groups based in Greenfield to register for the scheme. The
groups provide hot meals and refreshments to their communities at an affordable
Ashley Cooper, Fareshare project coordinator, visited volunteers from the
Greenfield Luncheon Club to explain the distribution process and to check that
the group met the necessary credentials. This included having adequate kitchen
and freezer facilities and volunteers with a Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate.
Greenfield coffee morning group, which is run by the ladies of The Holy Trinity
Church, will also be receiving weekly donations.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor
Christine Jones, said:
“This is a great scheme and a really good way to ensure that good food does not
go to waste and that local people can benefit from receiving nutritious and
Sheena Willbanks, a volunteer with the Luncheon Club and Greenfield Town
Taking part in the Fareshare project will help us enormously. The lunch club
started as a very small group just under two years ago, and with, support from
Communities First, we have grown into a successful community group with an
average of thirty people attending regularly. We provide a two course hot meal
and refreshments at a very reasonable cost and the donated food from this
scheme will enable us to supplement the meals. We are very grateful to have
been asked to take part.