Local Howdens depots from the North West region including Cheadle and Reddish, have provided donations to food distribution charity, FareShare Greater Manchester, to support their work in supplying excess food to charities, groups and families who are facing food insecurity.
Various Howdens depots have donated two kitchens to the new Regional Centre at FareShare Greater Manchester to support their staff and volunteers and help with their aspiration to support healthy food skills through things like cookery demonstrations. This is important in providing opportunities for people to share knowledge and skills in how to use food to cook nutritious meals.
Twenty employees from the North West region took on the challenge of running the Manchester 10k in September, many for the first time. Between them, they raised £3,224, with Howdens offering to match it making the grand total £6,448. All funds were donated to FareShare Greater Manchester and will be put towards their new building.
Charlotte Read, Reddish Depot assistant manager, said: “We became aware of FareShare following Marcus Rashford MBE’s campaign to feed children during lockdowns and school holidays. What they do is truly astonishing and provides a much-needed lifeline for local families and organisations. Getting involved and donating our product was the least we could do to help this charity and we are excited about how many people it will help.”
Jo Cribbin, Cheadle depot manager, added: “I visited FareShare Greater Manchester for the first time and their vision and what they do was remarkable. It really is like a military operation as not only have they got to sort through food, but they are also responsible for its delivery or collection. We were over the moon to have 20 of us run the Manchester 10k, the atmosphere on the day was incredible. Raising over £3,000, which was then matched by Howdens, was remarkable and I know it will be put to such good use by FareShare Greater Manchester.”
Miranda Kaunang, head of development at FareShare Greater Manchester, part of EMERGE 3Rs, said: “We’re extremely grateful for the generous donations from Howdens. The funds they’ve raised will help FareShare Greater Manchester deliver valuable meals to people who are in need, at a very challenging time”.