Food charity helps to ensure no children are left unfed during half term

A food charity in Sheffield has given out free meals to children and struggling families during half term.

Food Works, which has cafes in Sharrow and Upperthorpe as well as its ‘Food Market’ warehouse in Handsworth, offered the chance for families to collect up to three free meals over the last week.

The charity provides affordable and sustainable food with a “pay what you can“ system.

Emma Welsh, 46, staff member and hub manager in the Food Works Sharrow café, said: “What is affordable to you this week may not be next week and what is affordable next week could not be this week.”

The main warehouse in Handsworth collects surplus food from food retailers and supermarkets to avoid waste.

Many of food works customers go due to food poverty but others go to combat the environmental impact mass retailers and supermarkets have on our planet.

The meals which the charity distributes are called ‘Just Meals’. They are described as environmentally-friendly ready meals.

The charity has a number of satisfied customers including Alex K, who wrote on their website: “Really tasty vegan and vegetarian meals. Perfect for a night shift.”

Food Works cafes in Sharrow and Upperthorpe are looking for volunteers willing to donate some of their time.

The warehouse also accepts food donations.

Projects like these are not rare for Food Works. They gave free Just Meals during the Christmas period to assure no children were hungry.

In the summer months Food Works have created the “grow a row” project. It consists in donating a row of your allotment to the charity to provide fresh fruit and vegetables.

Click here to access the Food Works website https://thefoodworks.org/ where as well as accessing their services you can also donate to the charity or sign up to volunteer.

Written by Lily Taylor

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