27 May 2016

It is is a sad to think that young people who live in Worcestershire go to bed each night and might be hungry. When more than ever families are accessing food banks because they can’t afford food for their family. 152 young people stay at YMCA each night many of them have experienced crisis and have nowhere else to go. It is sad to think that so much food is wasted when so many local people are in need.

YMCA Worcestershire has been given a large amount of support from Supermarkets in St John’s Co-Op and Sainsbury’s and KFC and M&S in Redditch. The donated food has saved YMCA hundreds of pounds and has enabled us to provide a better quality and balanced diet for young people.

YMCA has also worked closely with Fareshare who donates a substantial amount of food each week to YMCA. Donating food that would be destined for waste allows YMCA to redistribute it to vulnerable people. Over 8500 tonnes of food waste was saved by Fareshare last year.

Gregg Dobson Catering and Facilities Manager said “We are able to offer a wider variety of food and provide more to the service users; by having food donated we can afford to provide a higher quality and more balanced diets, which has made the service users happier”

Diverting food destined for waste is a great way to create delicious and healthy meals. So much food is wasted when so many people who live locally go hungry each day. YMCA Worcestershire is proud to be part of reducing this impact but could not do it without the support from local businesses.