Our Food Redistribution Centre is appealing for new volunteers to join the team.
Our Preston-based centre has tripled output to respond to growing demand in recent months, delivering 2.3 million meals to people in need since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The team’s work has ensured vulnerable groups, including families in need and elderly people needing to shield, haven’t gone without food in the face of illness or financial insecurity. Run in partnership with national charity FareShare, it supports more than 200 community groups and charities across Lancashire and Cumbria.
Now we are appealing for more volunteers to join us, playing a vital role in the efficient running of the centre.
We urgently need volunteers for morning (8am to midday) or afternoon (1pm to 5pm) shifts on weekdays. The roles cover:
- Selecting food and goods – ensuring each group receives the right items for their target group. This is a manual role, requiring a good level of fitness;
- Supporting logistics – taking accurate records of goods into the Centre, using operational systems. This is a combination of administrative and manual work;
- Rotating stock – managing movement of stock, focussed mainly on the chillers and freezers, to minimise potential waste. This is also a manual role, requiring a good level of fitness;
- Allocating goods – recording the items selected and sent out to groups. This is an administrative role requiring close attention to detail.
We are also open to applications from anyone wishing to do general warehouse and office work.
Volunteer manager Vivienne Ashurst said: “Our volunteers are an essential and highly valued part of our operation, each bringing different skills and experiences to deliver our vital service.
“In return for their time we support each volunteer to enjoy their own benefits from the experience, whether that’s supporting job seekers to develop transferable skills or ensuring retired professionals can use their experience to help communities. Volunteering can be a transformative experience for anyone – it is a way to develop skills or meet new people as well as give back to your community and help others.
“We’re hoping to hear from anyone who’d like to help us to feed people most in-need in these challenging times.”
The Centre is located in a large warehouse facility on Preston’ Red Scar Industrial Estate, providing ample room to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Charity volunteers are considered essential workers and receive a key worker pass.
To find out more, please contact: [email protected] or 01772 665958