A Barclays donation of £100,000 will help cover the costs of delivering food across the FareShare network, providing vital additional support over the next six months for communities facing food insecurity nationwide.
““Over half a year into the pandemic, we are going into this winter stronger and more resilient. However, this does not change the ever-increasing demand for food. Barclays’ support couldn’t come at a more crucial time and removes a huge barrier by ensuring that we can get meals out to those struggling in the tough months ahead.” Lindsay Boswell, FareShare Chief Executive ”
As the impact of Covid-19 and further lockdown measures pushes many into greater economic uncertainty, the volume of food FareShare handles has drastically grown to meet demand. The funding will play a key part in meeting the increased transportation costs across the FareShare network, getting meals out to an estimated 250,000 vulnerable people each week.
The donation made through Barclays 100×100 UK Community Aid Package will help unlock an incredible total of 40 million meals, by helping us to deliver them to the thousands of people and families supported through FareShare. It will act as a much-needed buffer for many through winter and onto March 2021, as recent figures from the Food Foundation now report 7.7 million individuals in the UK suffering food insecurity since the pandemic started.
Nigel Higgins, Barclays Group Chairman, said: “Covid-19 has created an unprecedented social and economic impact in the UK, with many sadly experiencing greater hardship due to the crisis. Incredible charities, such as FareShare have been playing a vital role in the UK’s response to the pandemic, ensuring urgent help reaches those most in need of support. As a bank we have been doing all we can for our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that our 100×100 programme and wider community aid package helps ensure that everybody in the communities in which we live and work is supported through this crisis.”
FareShare is one of 100 UK charities each receiving a donation of £100k from the Barclays 100×100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Programme, which was created back in April to support charities helping people and communities most impacted by Covid-19.