This month we are celebrating three years of working with Allied Bakeries to redistribute their surplus Kingsmill bread. As of this month Allied have provided close to 400 tonnes of surplus bread, which helped to create almost 900,000 meals for vulnerable people across the UK.
We started working with Allied Bakeries back in 2016, and, after an initial pilot redistribution scheme at the company’s Bournemouth depot proved successful the process was rolled out to the company’s other sites in Cardiff, Stockport, Mendlesham, Glasgow, Washington and West Bromwich.
This partnership links each site to their nearest FareShare Regional Centre, ensuring surplus Kingsmill bread from Allied Bakeries benefits local communities in the areas in which they operate. Allied Bakeries also volunteer at their nearest FareShare Regional Centre, to see first-hand how their food is used and to help deliver it out to local charities.
During the three year partnership the company have also been a keen supporter of FareShare’s ActiveAte holiday hunger campaign, donating additional bread so FareShare can meet demand from the schemes that provide food to children from disadvantaged backgrounds over the summer holidays.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said: “We are very proud of our ongoing partnership with Allied Bakeries. Because of their support, frontline charities feeding vulnerable people across the UK know they can rely on a regular delivery of good quality bread – which is so vitally important.”
Eva Wheeler, Head of Technical Operations is responsible for Allied’s FareShare initiative. She said, “It’s been hugely gratifying to see how keen our bakery and depot teams around the country have been to get involved with FareShare. We all want to feel that what we do every day can make a difference, particularly in our local communities: working in partnership with FareShare has now made that possible for us for three years. Thanks to everyone at FareShare and to all our people who have given their time to make this happen.”
If you would like to talk to someone about identifying additional surplus in your operations contact food offers on foodoffers@Fareshare.org.uk or 020 7064 8911.