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22 September 2017

Heavenly Fare for National Charity Battling Hunger

The team at Heavenly Tasty were delighted to visit FareShare Northern Ireland this month to deliver more than £3,000 worth of stock to support young families in need.

FareShare, whose mission to is to combat hunger whilst reducing food waste works tirelessly to distribute the food they collect to thousands of charities across the UK. This particular donation of more than 450 boxes of the brands organic Coconut Squishes, will be spread across the 80 plus charities and community groups FareShare supports in Northern Ireland.

With a clear commitment to support young families to enjoy the healthiest start in life, the much-loved, organic, childrens snacking brand are thrilled to learn their recent donation will reach families with young children.

A hit with both parents and children worldwide Heavenly’s Coconut Squishes contain squished organic fruits, coconut milk, a dash of lemon juice and absolutely nothing else… not even water! Full of goodness and classed as 1 of the 5 portions of fruit and veg recommended daily, these delicious and nutritious pouches promise to be a healthy and tasty treat for little ones in need.

Heavenly tasty were thrilled to learn of the work that FareShare were doing and didn’t hesitate to get involved. Speaking about the donation, Shauna McCarney-Blair, founder of the organic food brand, said:

“As a small family run business, with an ethical commitment at our core, it is our vision that all children should have access to good quality food, regardless of their background, or domestic situation. It is hard for some of us to digest the fact that there is a large amount of families who find themselves having to use foodbanks, and here at Heavenly, we are very proud to be able to support these families, and to help ensure their children have access to healthy, organic snacks.”

She continued: “Having met the team at FareShare and seen first-hand how our donation can be put to the best use possible we feel excited about an ongoing relationship with the organisation to donate to FareShare.”

FareShare NI, which is managed by Council for the Homeless in Northern Ireland, collects good quality, in date surplus food from retailers and producers and redistributes it to over 80 local frontline charities and community groups, creating over 500,000 million meals a year.

Commenting on the donation, Méabh Austin, FareShare NI Development Coordinator said:
"With more than 8 million people in the UK struggling to put food on the table and with over 100,000 children living in poverty in Northern Ireland specifically, we believe surplus food that is still good to eat should be feeding people, not being used to generate energy or for animal feed.
We are extremely grateful for surplus food  from Heavenly Tasty in recent years, which we delivered to a number of charities working with low-income families, homeless people and disadvantaged children in the local community."

The charities which benefit include Dry Arch Children's Centre in Dungiven, the Family Caring Centre in Antrim, Newhill First Steps and Footprint's Children's Group in Belfast and a number of breakfast and after school clubs and SureStart programmes across Northern Ireland.  

Without the food they receive from FareShare, one in five charities say they would have to close.
Food redistributed by FareShare is good quality, mostly fresh produce that's in-date and good to eat, but has become surplus for reasons such as forecasting errors or damaged packaging.

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