Bob Doris alongside Scott Crawford and some of their volunteersSNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, recently met with staff and volunteers at Possilpark based food charity Fareshare to see first-hand the work they are doing to support community groups. Bob was joined on the visit by Margaret Ferrier MP and met Fareshare co-ordinator Scott Crawford along with a dedicated team of volunteers.

Fareshare receive surplus food from supermarkets such as Tesco and bakers such as Greggs and distribute it to local organisations. The food which would otherwise find its way into landfill, allows community groups to use the surplus food for good causes such as addressing growing food need and lowering catering costs allowing them to do more and for their own funds to go further.

Fareshare also offer a variety of training opportunities for their volunteers, without whom the project would be unable to operate. The meeting was an opportunity to learn about Fareshare, who distributes food across Glasgow and the West of Scotland, and offers increasingly vital support particularly as UK wide austerity pushes more people into food poverty and erodes the funding base of many important voluntary organisations.

For £1000 a year, which is around £19 per week, membership to this scheme is granted. The work done by Fareshare has become essential to many community groups and any other organisation which feels they would benefit should be urged to become a member by signing up to their distributions.

Following the visit Bob Doris commented: “The work Fareshare carries out supporting local community groups to meet food need and other good causes are outstanding. I understand that Fareshare Glasgow currently distributes as much food in the city as their London depot does. That sums up the sheer scale of need that exists and demonstrates just how severe the issue of food poverty is in Glasgow.

“I pay tribute to the how Fareshare have developed the charity since forming in 2013; now supporting 54 community groups. Particularly impressive was how Fareshare also works with volunteers to develop their skills and improve their employment prospects by offering training in areas such as SVQs in food and hygiene and fork lift driving.

“I was delighted to visit such an inspirational organisation which is committed to helping local charities who are themselves under significant pressure, as well as providing a safety net for those in food poverty. Whilst I wholeheartedly support the fantastic work they do, it is a disgrace that such high levels of food poverty exist. I look forward to working with Fareshare”.