This week, six members of our management team from the Hull and Felixstowe offices spent a morning volunteering for local food charity Fareshare – collecting food donations for food banks and charities in our local communities.
Every year on 21-23 November, Fareshare teams up with Tesco stores to collect extra supplies of food that are desperately needed by charities and vulnerable families over the Christmas period. To do this, they also rely on extra volunteers, and that’s where we came in!
We supported Fareshare recently at our TEPs site in Hull – delivering an introduction to warehousing tour to their team of volunteer workers hoping to get into warehousing. When they told us they needed volunteers for the project, we decided it would be a great opportunity to try out some volunteering for a cause really worth supporting.
After successfully applying to volunteer for the project, the two teams were assigned their shifts – 9am to 12pm at Tesco stores in Hull and Ispwich. Donning red tabards, they handed out shopping lists and advice to Tesco customers to help them choose the food needed to donate to the collection. They also helped sort and pack the collected food into boxes ready to be taken back to the local distribution centres.
All the food collected is destined for local charities and community groups in the Hull and Ipswich areas, meaning that the work done will directly benefit our local communities.
John Garnier, Group Finance Director from the Hull office was one of the volunteers. He commented “I wasn’t too sure what to expect at 9am on a cold, damp Thursday morning – but to see the level of generosity that was in evidence during our 3 hour marathon, really makes you think.
It didn’t really matter whether it was one tin of soup, or as in one case probably 30 or 40 tins, people understand that food poverty is a real problem and when able to do so are happy to help those in need. Being able to speak to the customers and try and entice every last bit of charity from then was a totally enjoyable experience and hope that the team at Fareshare reach their target over the three day initiative.”
The food drive continues in Tesco stores nationwide until Saturday 23rd November, so if you’re shopping there over the next few days, please take a moment to grab a shopping list and donate a few items if you can. All donations, however big or small, make a real difference.
We’re hoping this will be the first of many volunteering events that our colleagues have the opportunity to take part in as we gear up to launching our company volunteering days next year – so watch this space for more news on our 2020 volunteering programme.