18 July 2011

Getting your fair share

On Saturday 16 July FareShare NW and 100+ friends leapt off the Imperial War Museum North for fun and to support those in need! From 10am-5pm people used a zip slide to get from the 30m high tower at the Imperial War Museum across the 250m Ship Canal and Salford Quays, landing at The Lowry.

The Zip Slide Challenge was open to anyone wishing to help raise funds to help combat food poverty locally. Monies raised will directly help FareShare, a charitable scheme redistributing surplus in-date food to people in food poverty in the North West region. Many communities in the North West have high levels of unemployment and low-income households. Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool have the highest number of children living in poverty in the UK. Organisations such as Cornerstones, providing hot meals to people on very low incomes in Moss Side; Mustard Tree, who operate a soup run for the homeless; and the George House Trust, who help refugees, are typical beneficiaries of FareShare; other examples include hostels, school breakfast and after-school clubs in deprived areas, day centres for the sick, elderly and infirm, and organisations helping the vulnerable and those in poverty.

Cracking Cooks Kath and Kim used surplus food from FareShare to cook up vegetable jalfrezzi and risottos for the Zip Slide Challenge participants. How delicious did they look!

Thanks to Martyn Dawson for the photo. There'll be some more up on our Facebook page soon.

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