A New Partnership for Food, People, and the Environment

We are excited to announce that Kavli Trust has granted FareShare North East £170,000 to fund a two-year project that aims to alleviate hunger and food waste and provide opportunities to people who are out of work or on a low income.

“Together FareShare North East and Kavli Trust will save food from being wasted, and at the same time provide new opportunities for people in need of jobs and a higher income” – General Manager at the Kavli Trust, Inger Elise Iversen

Kavli Trust, the owner of Primula Cheese, donates all of its profits to good causes and supports research, culture, and humanitarian work worldwide. With their UK headquarters based in Gateshead, they are keen supporters of charitable organisations in the North East, funding work by local places including the Great North Air Ambulance Service and North East Hearts with Goals.

The generous funding from Kavli Trust offers our charity a huge opportunity to do more for our local communities. The grant will go towards running costs of a new warehouse based in Teesside, which will help FareShare North East reach more charities and community groups who serve food to people who are in need.

FareShare North East makes up a part of the UK-wide FareShare network of charitable food redistributors. Last year we saved over 2000 tonnes of food from going to waste, redistributing it to 326 charities and community groups. The groups we deliver to include children’s breakfast clubs, day clubs for older people, domestic violence refuges, homeless shelters and drug and alcohol rehab units. They use the food we send to make meals, provide training, or give food parcels to people in need.

“We are honoured to be gifted with such a substantial grant from the Kavli Trust. This funding will allow us to expand on the work that we do and have a greater impact on those living in the North East, providing work and training opportunities, and allowing us to reach more people and organisations with good to eat, surplus food deliveries” – Jake Hanmore, Chief Executive of FareShare North East

Providing New Opportunities

The funding will allow for a new employability scheme at the Teesside warehouse and create a new job opportunity by funding costs for an on-site training manager. FareShare North East currently runs a regular employability programme, working with Your Homes Newcastle and Gateshead College. These courses use a mix of classroom and work experience-based learning to help people who are looking for work develop skills, knowledge and gain the experience they need to find paid employment. Funding from Kavli Trust will create a new programme based in Teesside aimed at helping people in the area who are out of work.

Developing Food Skills Across the Region

Finally, funding will go towards working with Nourish Food School to create a food training programme. Nourish Food School is a new social enterprise on a mission to shape the way people see, eat and experience food. We will be working with them to bring accessible courses to individuals who are looking to develop their cooking skills, and for the groups we deliver too so that they can make good use of the surplus food we provide.

Kavli Trust is making a huge contribution to what we can offer to our local communities and we are so excited to be working with them. To find out more about their work and the other projects they support, visit their website here: www.Kavlifondet.no/en

*Photo: From the left: FareShare North East’s Development Manager, Katie Bates, Chief Executive of FareShare North East, Jake Hanmore with Marketing Director of Primula Cheese Lisa Thornton and Brand Communications Manager at Primula Cheese, Gareth Watson who handed over the gift check on behalf of the Kavli Trust.