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Volunteers needed to help tackle hunger

30 June 2016

The British Red Cross is urging its supporters to volunteer for a few hours this weekend to help hungry families in the UK.

We’re calling for people across the UK to volunteer for three hours on 30 June, 1 or 2 July to fight hunger and support the Neighbourhood Food Collection. According to the food redistribution charity FareShare, 5.8 million people are currently living in deep poverty in the UK.

During the Neighbourhood Food Collection, shoppers donate food. This is then distributed by FareShare (to over 2,000 UK charities) or The Trussell Trust, which runs more than 400 food banks.

How Red Cross volunteers can help

We need British Red Cross volunteers to hand out shopping lists to customers at Tesco stores. The volunteers will be asking customers to consider buying a couple of extra items, such as tea and some pasta, to donate.

The collected food will then be delivered by Fareshare to homeless hostels, refuges, older people’s lunch clubs, children’s breakfast clubs and other charities and community groups working with people in need.

The food will also support holiday clubs across the country this summer to provide lunch for children who normally receive free school meals. Providing extra meals can be a real struggle for many families during the holidays.

Helping hungry communities

In 2015/16, FareShare distributed 9,070 tonnes of food to 2,489 charities and community groups. That’s enough to provide 18.3 million meals for people in need.

Olivia Burke has taken part in many Neighbourhood Food Collections. She said: “I would encourage anyone to take part. It can be fun and rewarding.

“I find people’s generosity inspiring. Lots of people are willing to help and are keen to hear about why the Red Cross is involved. I just tell them that it’s all part of our work - to help respond to people in crisis.”

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