Roberts bakery has teamed up with FareShare Greater Manchester to help ensure that those most vulnerable are not put at increased risk during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Last week, the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste appealed to the food industry to step up and divert more surplus and donated food to charity. As the Coronavirus situation develops rapidly, demand for its services has increased.
In response, Roberts bakery made its first weekly delivery of donated loaves to FareShare Greater Manchester’s Openshaw depot today, which will then be redistributed to some of the 232 charities and community groups it supports in and around the city.
Stuart Spencer-Calnan, Roberts bakery’s Managing Director, said: “Times are tough for everyone, and especially so for the most vulnerable in our communities who rely on FareShare Greater Manchester to feed them and their families. We simply had to get involved by supporting them in the tremendously important work that they undertake.
“In terms of scale, even before the outbreak of Covid-19, FareShare Greater Manchester fed over 26,000 people a week through its charity partners – all of which support the vulnerable, including those experiencing homelessness, mental health conditions, domestic violence, loneliness and families using breakfast, after school and holiday clubs.
“We’re delighted that we’re able to do our bit by donating such a daily staple as bread. We hope to see many more manufacturers and retailers to support the charity’s appeal.”
Alyson Walsh, FareShare Commercial Director, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for Roberts bakery’s generous donation of bread during this crisis, which will be sent to organisations getting food onto the plates of vulnerable people, as well as onto the doorsteps of people with serious health conditions and families facing financial hardship.”