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Co-op. Thousands of meals help locals across Hampshire and Dorset


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  • Published: 28th June 2021
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Thousands of meals help locals across Hampshire and Dorset

Around 44,000 meals have been donated to families and individuals in need across Hampshire and Dorset thanks to members of a regional co-operative.

Southern Co-op is saying thank you to its members and customers who have used its food or funeral services and enabled funds to be donated to FareShare Southern Central. The total donated to the charity is currently more than £16,000.

The praise comes during Co-op Fortnight which kicked off on Monday 21 June and will see co-operatives across the country celebrate the impact their members have had on society.

FareShare Southern Central, based in Southampton, has been operating since April 2014 and provides good quality food to charities and community organisations in Hampshire and Dorset.

Holly Bramble, Southern Co-op's Community and Campaign Co-ordinator, said: "As a co-operative, every time someone buys their groceries from us or gets support from one of our funeral homes, it could be adding to the pot of money which gets donated to charities.

"Over the last year, FareShare has become a name that is instantly recognisable as a charity which has helped so many people struggling during the pandemic. Its networks have made such a difference. Thank you to our customers and members who have enabled this support of such an incredible cause."

International Day of Co-ops falls at the end of Co-op Fortnight on Saturday 3 July.

In the South East of England, Growing Places is a collection of nurseries and out-of-school clubs supported by FareShare Southern Central, with twelve childcare centres across Havant and Fareham.

Between March and May, Growing Places made around 870 deliveries to families and community members in need.

Jackie Warren, CEO of Growing Places, said: "We had people who were shielding or struggling financially, families who we knew depended on the meals we provided at the nursery.

"It allowed us to take care of the most vulnerable and to keep in touch. It was amazing to see how all the staff and volunteers pitched in and did what they could to help others. You'd be coming down the path and hear the kids at the window going ‘Ahhh! It's Jackie, it's Jackie!'

"I remember on the 23rd of March I said ‘No one is going to go hungry on my watch' and since then everyone has come together and worked so hard to make that true."

To find out more about Growing Places, visit www.growingplaces.org.uk. Or for more information on Southern Co-op's community support, visit www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/love-your-neighbourhood/.


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