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A big thank you to all the wonderful volunteers at food charity FareShare

James Martin visits the Hidden Heroes who do so much to help those less fortunate throughout the year

By Mango Saul, 21 December 2016
A big thank you to all the wonderful volunteers at food charity FareShare

Did you know there are 8.4 million people in the UK, the equivalent of the entire population of London, who are struggling to afford to eat.

The charity FareShare in partnership with ASDA aims to help tackle food poverty by redistributing surplus food from the UK food and drink industry to feed people each year.

Last year FareShare redistributed enough food for 21.9 million meals to charities and community groups supporting vulnerable people. such as breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children, homeless hostels, community cafés and domestic violence refuges. Here's how it works:

The amazing work that FareShare does cannot be achieved without its amazing voulnteers. From the drivers who deliver food to charities supporting vulnerable people to the food sorters based at regional centres, these food heroes are the lifeblood of FareShare.

James Martin went along to find out more about our partnership and how communities and individuals in need benefit from this service. Visiting three programmes that benefit from the FareShare service, James could see how programmes also helped volunteers get back into the working system from homelessness, those that volunteer their time from retirement and corporation volunteers.

Danielle Coxon, a business manager at a school in Manchester discovered FareShare, and with the help of volunteers now has up to 100 pupils who come in for a breakfast club setting them up for the day at school.

Carole Hardman runs the Agnes Hopkins Centre, which brings in the elderly from the community into an environment that provides support, activities and hot meals.

Marie Savin, with the help of a network of volunteers, runs Netherton Park Neighbourhood Centre which offers services from a nursery right through to an elderly activity centre. They are a first port of call for help and support needed in deprived areas of the community.

If you want to get involved and become a Food Hero, visit FareShare online