New FareShare depot in Ipswich takes delivery of first food donation for distribution to local charities

From left, FareSharefood co-ordination assistants Daniel Gee and Cameron McDonald. Picture: FARESHAR

From left, FareSharefood co-ordination assistants Daniel Gee and Cameron McDonald. Picture: FARESHARE UK - Credit: FareShare UK.

The newly-opened Ipswich depot of a charity which distributes food to homeless hostels and other frontline organisations has welcomed its first delivery.

The distribution centre, in the town’s Leslie Road, took delivery of surplus products from food firm General Mills, based in Uxbridge.

The United Nations estimates 8.4m people in the UK struggle to put food on the table, and the charity says the new depot is a much-needed resource for charities and community groups in the region. Chief executive Lindsay Boswell said: “We’re really excited to be opening our 21st regional centre, which will support charities and community groups across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire – all helped by the essential stock General Mills is supplying to get our new site up and running.

“General Mills has been a key partner, enabling us to provide food for thousands of meals for vulnerable people, and long may that help continue.”

FareShare is initially looking for interested organisations within a 25-mile radius of the town, more specifically Stowmarket, Felixstowe, Colchester, Sudbury, Clacton-on-Sea, Bury St Edmunds and Harwich.