Appeal for volunteers and drivers to join food redistribution team

October 2021

Our Food Redistribution Centre is again appealing for new volunteers to join the team.

Our Preston-based centre has tripled output to meet the growing need for food during the pandemic, delivering 3 million meals in 2020 alone.

Now as demand is expected to increase again through winter, extra support is required to keep our vital operations going.

Drivers would be particularly valuable to our team, as we deliver goods from our Preston base to groups across Cumbria and make some collections of food from retailers struggling with their own supply chain challenges.

Our team’s work has ensured vulnerable groups, including those who’ve lost work and families in need, haven’t gone without food in the face of illness or financial insecurity. Run in partnership with national charity FareShare, the Centre supports more 216 community groups and charities across Lancashire and Cumbria.

We urgently need volunteers for morning (8am to midday) or afternoon (1pm to 5pm) shifts on weekdays. The roles cover:

  • Driving/Delivering goods – driving vans to deliver items to Local Collection Points in Cumbria. This requires a full driving license and a CPC license is of particular value (this is a whole-day position);
  • 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.

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.”

To see how we’re supporting volunteers, click here.

To find out more, please contact: [email protected] or 01772 665958

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