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MetiNews.Com - Social supermarket the Around Again charity has been creating fresh food parcels for those who need them most
Breaking News ! A social supermarket has produced thousands of 'life-saving' fresh food parcels for families during the pandemic. Around Again, based in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull, was forced to start a package collection service when the Covid crisis struck after it was unable to open its small shop to members. But the charity still created more than 2,500 parcels in almost a year, including 500 over the course of the third lockdown so far, after inquires from the most needy reached an all time high. The organisation receives weekly supplies from a number of organisations including food distributor FareShare, who provide surplus nutritious food to charities and community groups across the nation. And for every £1 donated to FareShare through Barclays, the bank said it will add £2 more in a massive fundraising drive until this Sunday, February 28. Sorting supplies at the Around Again social supermarket (Image: Around Again) Their link up initiative is backed by Around Again project co-coordinator Phyllis Bailey, who told how families rely on "life-saving" food parcels. "The fundraising is absolutely fantastic news," former NHS worker Ms Bailey told BirminghamLive. "FareShare are essential to our operation. "We get quite a lot of short dated food, which is what supermarkets pass onto FareShare to pass onto us and other organisations. How to support FareShare As part of its £100m Covid-19 Community Aid Package, Barclays is helping tackle food poverty by supporting food redistribution charity, FareShare. For every £1 donated, Barclays will donate £2, up to a total of £1m. To help feed someone this winter, text GIVE 5, GIVE 10 or GIVE 20 to 70630, T&Cs apply, or visit fareshare.org.uk/Barclays "These can be things like yogurts, frozen meals, trays of fresh chicken, mostly fridge products, but occasionally we get tins. "We want to ensure people do have enough to be able to support their family and they only have to top up on what we provide. "The only positive thing to come out of the Covid situation is community engagement. We have fantastic support from people and organisations who recognise the need of others." FareShare feeds two million British people every week. Last year FareShare saved more than 45,000 tonnes of food from being wasted, while two thirds of the food it redistributes goes to children and families. Other essentials provided in Around Again packages include milk, cheese, rice, cereal and toiletries. Parcels are also made up of fresh fruit and vegetables, which is a distinct difference Around Again provides compared to many other agencies. A maximum of 66 parcels - each worth £25 - have been produced over the last seven weeks totalling 462 packages. It is estimated that Around Again have made more than 2,500 parcels since the start of the first lockdown on March 23, 2020. Read More Related Articles Unused supermarket food helping families survive coronavirus crisis Read More Related Articles McDonald's is selling meals past 'best before' date in move to cut food waste "They are not just given bags of tin products. What people actually appreciate is the fresh products. They also get fresh fruit and veg and we place orders every Tuesday and Thursday," said Ms Bailey. "We have been told that other food agencies aren't able to provide this. We are trying to make sure they have as healthy and stable diet as possible." Around Again - which will celebrate its two year anniversary this April - uses FareShare supplies and tops-up from traditional supermarkets, as well as local donations. The store was opened behind The Junction, in Chapelhouse Road, a community centre which was refurbished and brought back into use several years after suffering an arson attack. Phyllis Bailey with Around Again volunteers Mark Taggatt, Paul Tooth, Nigel Carloss and Amanda McCoo (Image: Around Again) Around Again has 93 members - with packages collected on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.
. But they do not just provide foodbank services. "We're not just a foodbank. We actually are social supermarket and a big part of our support is the assessment of needs and to support their individual situation," added Ms Bailey. "We are assessing to make sure they are given all the additional support they need, such as money advice, information on gas and electricity for example. "Although it's been very different and we have been operating as a foodbank with food parcels as opposed as people coming in and shopping and choosing as they used to, we have still being able to do the majority of assessments.
Food is readied by FareShare volunteers
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"The social supermarket is very small so coming in wouldn't be good for the volunteers due to Covid. "In the third lockdown referrals have increased, but we are managing them. We are Covid compliant, but still able to carry out most of the assessments we do." Food parcels are made up and a text message is sent out with at an allocated time for collection, so there is never a queue. More information on Around Again can be found by clicking here. Ms Bailey said they receive supplies from FareShare every Tuesday - either through a delivery or they collect items themselves.
FareShare reps making a much needed delivery
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Barclays are seeking donations for FareShare, which they bill as: "Help fill a tummy and we’ll fill two more." "Right now, over eight million people in the UK are struggling to put food on their tables. That’s why, until 28 February, for every £1 you give to FareShare through us, we’ll add £2 more – up to £1 million in total from us," the bank said. FareShare believes no good food should go to waste and redistribute surplus food to charities across the UK. They helped to feed over 900,000 people every week in 2020.
But since the coronavirus pandemic started demand for food crept up and it’s now reaching crisis levels. To give to FareShare so Barclays add extra funding on top of your donation, please click here. Terms & conditions Barclays will match donations made via Barclays donation link or text number at a rate of £2 for every £1 donated across all platforms. Up to a total of £1,000,000 in matched donations from Barclays, until 28/2/2021. Donations made to FareShare (reg charity no. 1100051) through other channels will not be matched. Text GIVE 5, GIVE 10 or GIVE 20 to 70630 to donate £5, £10 or £20. Texts cost your donation amount plus your standard network rate. Barclays Bank UK PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Financial Services Register number: 759676). Registered in England. Registered no. 9740322. Registered office: 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP.
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