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Peter McGowan - FareShare

I believe that wasting food is wrong when so many people are hungry

I started volunteering with Fareshare shortly after I retired.  I was sixty two and wanted to work part time and give something back.  I wanted a volunteer job that required physical work and to learn new skills.  My last ten years of work were as a teacher and I wanted new challenges.  I am not really an environmentalist but I believe that wasting food is wrong when so many people are hungry.  I think it is very generous of supermarkets and food producers to offer their surplus food to those in need.    Fareshare is a brilliant concept that actually works.  It is professional with volunteers attending food handling, hygiene and safety courses.  Standards are high and volunteers perform the collection, sorting, warehousing and distribution of food donations.  There is a sense of camaraderie and good humour and I have met many interesting people in the warehouse and when delivering food.  Volunteers are from a variety of backgrounds and are young and old, male and female.  I look forward to my Thursday volunteer day and never really know what tasks I will be performing.