We are delighted to announce that we have appointed FareShare Scotland as our charity of the year and made a commitment to donate two per cent of our net profits to support the charity.
FareShare Scotland collects good quality, in date surplus food from retailers and producers and redistributes it to more than 476 frontline charities and community groups, to improve the life chances of vulnerable people in Scotland. This food is transformed into nutritious meals for places such as homeless shelters, women’s refuges and breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children.
The charity is reaching an average of 38,590 people per week through 454 charity partners. There are four regional centres in Scotland in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. Each of these centres is run with a regionally based delivery partner* with the depot providing a centre for working with young people or supported volunteers. Employability training, mentoring and support are also provided by the delivery partners.
Last year alone FareShare redistributed over 1,400 tonnes of food; the equivalent of over three million meals.
With over 90 staff across four offices in Scotland, Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers makes an annual commitment to charity. The decision to appoint FareShare Scotland further underlines our commitment to support good causes in local communities.
Edward Bruce, CEO of Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, said: “Our teams raise thousands of pounds for charity every year. Last year, we supported the Beatson Cancer Unit – a cause close to our heart.
“This year, we have opted to partner with FareShare to focus our fundraising efforts on one dedicated charity. There are people and families in our communities who are literally going hungry and the reality is that there are incredible levels of wastage with food products.
“This is a fantastic charity that’s making a real difference to so many lives across the country by working with communities and businesses to deliver resources where they’re vitally needed.”
Gillian Kynoch, Head of FareShare in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be supported by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers this year. It will really help raise our profile and hopefully encourage even more Scottish food companies to consider saving and redistributing their food surplus. We can ensure that rather than going to waste it helps to support the most vulnerable people in our society.”
For more information on FareShare Scotland, please visit www.fareshare.org.uk