1,800 tonnes of food redistributed - a three-fold increase on previous year
A charity has delivers equivalent of over 4.2 million meals to voluntary and community groups over the past year.
Cyrenians’ FareShare depot based in Leith has distributed 1,800 tonnes of food across central and south east Scotland - a three-fold increase on previous year.
The charity tackles the causes and consequences of homelessness and building community through food and tackling food poverty is a large part of its work and it redistributes surplus food through its Leith depot.
Operations supervisor Craig Buchan said: “Ever since the start of Covid-19 we have seen an increased demand for access to food in a quick, dignified manner. At the height of the pandemic, we were supporting over 200 Community Food Members – all of whom are organisations in their own right, delivering valuable services in their community.
“Our model is two-fold; we prevent unnecessary food waste by working with large supermarkets and food networks to prevent surplus food being sent to waste, whilst helping organisations like Empty Kitchens Full Hearts and Eildon Housing Association and many others to redirect funds into essential frontline work by providing nutritious food at low costs.”
Director of commercial and trading services Mike Hartley added: “With the communities we serve still facing increasing pressure, and charities and community groups providing a real lifeline in these difficult times, it’s clear that this service has never been more needed.
“Alongside supporting other groups across central and south east Scotland, the depot team have helped to deliver valuable services right here in Edinburgh too. With the help of our community partners and amazing volunteers, we have been able to continue running a range of community pantries across Edinburgh – offering dignified access to high quality affordable food. This enabled us to provide over 2,500 bags of food for pantry members.
"None of this could be possible without a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, alongside the financial support of individuals and businesses far and wide. On behalf of everyone at Cyrenians, I offer our sincere gratitude.”