Claire Johns from Fare Share came to our lunch meeting and gave a talk on the work her charity. This is a national charity which obtains unwanted / surplus food from such organisations as Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Kelloggs, Nestle, Coca Cola, etc. and then distributes it in the local community to such groups as food banks, cooking centres, homeless hostels, women’s refuges, breakfast clubs, youth clubs and senior lunch clubs. None of the food has been on retail sale and comes direct from supermarket distribution centres. It is estimated that the U.K. food sector generates 4 million tonnes of food waste each year while there are 5 million people living in poverty in the U.K. Claire has managed the Southern Central region since its inception in April 2014 and operates three vans, distributing food around Hampshire. She is ably assisted by many volunteers as well as giving work experience opportunities to those seeking employment. Rotary of Eastleigh benefited from Fare Share’s assistance at last year’s Christmas Carol Concert and Martin presented Claire with a cheque for £250 in support of their valuable work. In turn Claire extended an invitation to Rotarians to visit the distribution depot based in Southampton

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