Last year, Workspace employees decided to support the UK charity FareShare which works to tackle both food waste and food poverty. Alphie, who works in the accounts department, volunteered earlier this year. He let us know how he got on during his day at Fareshare. Over to Alphie...
I had done some charity work whilst at University with the football club where we had a waxing event which wasn’t pleasant to say the least. However, it was for a good cause and it was in good spirits so the pain didn’t matter.
I decided to volunteer for FareShare because I thought it was a great cause. The idea of driving around London delivering food, which would otherwise go to waste, to people who are really in need was an exciting prospect.
Our day was fantastic in all fairness. I was paired up with Charlie Bellamy and we had a great time. Our driver, Gary, was brilliant which made things so much better as we all had a good laugh as well as getting the job done. One particular moment etched in our memory happened at one of our drop-offs where we had to use a lift to take some of the food upstairs. Charlie and I were sat in the lift for a good 5 minutes before we realised we weren’t moving! Pretty red-faced we were quickly rescued by Gary. That was a huge relief!
Gary loved what he was doing at FareShare, which really motivated us and spurred us on to work harder. It gave us that extra boost to make the day a fascinating experience.
When we got back to the depot the volunteers there explained some of the policies and procedures they use to make sure everything’s in order. We were absolutely shocked to find out some of the goods that were being classed as ‘waste’. It was truly shocking to see that all the food that was delivered to FareShare was of high quality and really shouldn’t be thrown away. This put into perspective the importance of the FareShare experience.
I also learnt that throughout our day at the drop-offs people really did appreciate what FareShare are doing and this really makes everything worthwhile. It gave me a different experience actually being hands on and having the opportunity to meet people and this is one of the best things about FareShare's work.
It would be a pleasure to be involved in FareShare in the future and I would be happy to work with other charities in any field.
Find out more about Fareshare.
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