I regard Easter as the start of the year. Spring (at least in theory) has sprung and with the clocks going forward the days seem longer putting me in a better frame of mind for new beginnings, aims, goals and resolutions.
Rather than the usual Friday blog round up this week, I wanted to feature some food centric charities and causes, who are working to alleviate hunger and food poverty. I consider myself very lucky to have enough to eat, to work with food and not go hungry, but some are not so fortunate and food charities are very important.
Foodcycle take some of the 400,000 tonnes of food which would have been otherwise thrown away each year and teams of volunteers turn it into delicious meals for those in need in the community. They also have a community cafe in East London.
The Food Chain provide meals and groceries, and provide nutritional support and cookery classes for those with HIV. Good food can make a huge difference to health and well being and a team of hundreds of volunteers help to deliver the services.
Action Against Hunger is an international organisation committed to ending child hunger. By taking an approach of tackling providing nutritional supper, ensuring safe water, helping with self sufficiency and campaigning they hope to provide a long term solution to the problem.
FareShare is a UK charity which works in a similar way to Food Cycle, providing quality surplus food to those in poverty who need it. Each day around 36,500 people benefit from their services.
The Trussell Trust runs a network of food banks offering clients three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for food vouchers which are issued by care professionals such as doctors and social workers. They estimate they will help 290,000 people in 2012/2013.
I am a huge fan of Sustain’s Food Co-Op scheme and buy all my fruit and vegetables from one. The Co-op buys in bulk and sells to its members allowing access to good food at a cheaper price.
There are many many charities and organisations who support the homeless, offering support, food, clothing and education. Most will be delighted to take donations of have you as a volunteer.
Please do consider some of these charities, or leave a comment below to tell everyone about other ones which you know of. If you are in the position of having PR companies offering you samples, then tell them about some of these charities as being great places to send product to when they have a store cupboard clear out!