Bridgwater based catering company Somerset Larder is helping to support those in most need in our community during the Coronavirus crisis. Its chefs have been preparing 250 meals to be sent to Fare Share South West, which helps vulnerable people through difficult times. It has previously supported the charity, but has decided to step up with additional help in these challenging times.
Fareshare South West is at the centre of an emergency operation to get food to the most vulnerable in our region. The charity's spokesperson said: "We are absolutely determined not only to stay open but to level up our organisation as far as we possibly can to stop the very worst happening.
"This includes families and children going hungry who are already living on the breadline and have no budget to stockpile, isolated elderly people who already rely on meals being delivered to their homes and homeless people who are facing places offering food support closed for business."
While supermarkets seem empty, there are thousands of tonnes of surplus food in the system, in part due to the hospitality sector closing. There is no other organisation in the region with the capacity to redistribute this food and FareShare South West is well placed to deliver it straight to those most in need.
The charity not only faces the challenge of continuing its existing operation, but also adding emergency operation. It has increased cleaning costs, fuel costs, logistics and food sourcing costs. Please give what you can and please share far and wide to help us bridge the food gap during this crisis.
Listen to a BBC Somerset interview with the CEO of Fareshare Julian Mine here (starts at 3:18).