The vans are a key part of Cyrenians distribution of Fareshare food, which has seen it deliver 4.2 million meals in the 2020-2021 financial year to charities and community groups across Central and South East Scotland.
That equates to 1,800 tonnes of food and for every tonne that doesn’t go to landfill it saves 4.2 tonnes of carbon emission. This is three times as many meals delivered in the period 2019-2020, where the charity delivered 1.4 million meals by redistributing 600 tonnes of food.
Building community through food and tackling food poverty is a large part of Cyrenians’ work. With over 50 projects tackling the causes and consequences of homelessness - from outreach and mediation services, to residential communities and community gardens – Cyrenians supports people towards more positive and stable futures, preventing homelessness.
Mike Hartley, Director of Commercial and Trading Services at Cyrenians, said: “If this pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that people want to make sure everyone has the support they need. Coming out of it, we know that building upon our resilience as an organisation is crucial, if we are to continue providing our life changing services to people right across Scotland.
That’s why I am particularly pleased about this new partnership with Taylor Wimpey. I would like to extend my sincere thanks on behalf of everyone at Cyrenians – support like this makes our work possible.”
Gavin Hamilton, Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland said: “We have been part of the local communities across the east of Scotland for many years through our network of developments and we welcome this opportunity to announce our support of Cyrenians and their distribution of Fareshare food to communities that we know well.
“Being able to support local groups and charities is important to us - even more so in these unprecedented times. Our 12-month association with Cyrenians will include practical support through staff volunteering days at some of their local projects, including the Kirknewton Farm Enterprise, as well as a financial boost to the charity itself.”
Our support of Cyrenians is one of the many contributions being made across the UK.