Fellow charity supports St Catherine’s through food share scheme
St Catherine’s has become the first hospice and care provider in Lancashire to team up with fellow charity Recycling Lives through the national FareShare scheme.
Each week, Preston-based Recycling Lives redistributes fresh, quality and in-date surplus from the food industry to the hospice through its work with FareShare, which aims to prevent food waste.
Fruit, vegetables, meat, milk, eggs, cereals and more are handed to St Catherine’s as well as other causes – such as schools, churches and community groups – from excess stock from supermarkets, farmers, manufacturers and distributors.
St Catherine’s commercial catering manager, Nicola Hanmer, explains: “We receive a wide range of goods through our partnership with Fareshare; sometimes it’s just the packaging has changed, such as a seasonal promotion, or the farmer has had a particularly good month and has too much to sell!
“It’s a brilliant idea because it cuts down on our food costs for the inpatient unit and Day Therapy, whilst continuing to allow our patients independence through personal meal choices and diet preferences, and contributing to their overall quality of life.”
Jeff Green, Food Redistribution Centre manager, said: “We feel privileged to be able to support St Catherine’s Hospice in its important work.
“We deliver 10,000 meals a week to charities and community groups across the region, helping them to feed and work with communities, as well as diverting thousands of tonnes of food waste from landfill.”
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