We support a variety of charities across the UK and Ireland that help to tackle hunger and malnutrition, either through directly feeding vulnerable people or by delivering education or skills training that equip individuals to improve their overall wellbeing and eating habits. Below is a selection of some of the great charities that we support.
FareShare - The food re-distribution charity that save good food destined for waste and send it to charities and community groups who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. We have been partners of FareShare for nearly a decade and provide both finiancial help and support through our employee volunteering programme. Annually our funding equates to 480,000 meals, that are delivered to people in need all across the UK and Ireland.
Sodexo provides Fareshare with a grant of £120,000 as well as in-kind support through volunteering hours. With Sodexo’s commitment over the last twelve months FareShare food was worth an estimated £20 million to the UK voluntary sector. This food provided a lifeline to thousands of vulnerable people at 3,511 charities and community groups including:
- children’s breakfast clubs
- after-school clubs
- homeless hostels
- projects for ex-service personnel
- older people’s lunch clubs
FareShare also provides support and accredited training to people who are long-term unemployed, have been homeless or formerly in prison. When Sodexo employees volunteer with FareShare they have the opportunity to hear first-hand how people like Kenneth have used FareShare to get back on their feet. Kenneth started volunteering for FareShare after leaving prison in 2013. Four months later he secured a job. He says:
“FareShare has kept me out of trouble! It’s prepared me to get back to work and has given me work experience. The best bit was going out on the van, seeing where the food’s going to.”
Trussell Trust - A network of over 400 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK, where thirteen million people live below the poverty line.
Sodexo has partnered with the Trussell Trust and provided a grant of £100,000 as well as in- kind support through volunteering. Our support will increase the quantity and range of food supplies to the national Foodbank Network for the Midlands Regional Distribution Centre (RDC), in Coventry. Enhance food management for 70 foodbanks within a 50 mile radius of Coventry, Improve services offered by foodbanks and improve volunteering opportunities.
Ashoka - Is the largest global network of social entrepreneurs that helps individuals scale their solutions. We have provided a grant of over £45,000 to enable the Stop Hunger Foundation to explore innovative ways of tackling hunger and malnutrition. To find the root cause of food poverty, while creating a long-lasting impact, we are currently in the process of selecting a Stop Hunger Ashoka social entrepreneur to help us create this change.
Coram - The UK's oldest childrens charity that aims to give children the best possible chance to live a fulfiling life. We've supported Coram since 2013 to run their Life Education prokeject in the North West, with a focus on Salford and Manchester. Through mobile classrooms that visit over 31 schools in the area, Coram teach children age specfic skills on health, nutrition and understanding their bodies and since 2013 we have supported over 200,000 children a year.
SSAFA - Exsists to support ex-servicemen and women and their families. Our funding specifically helps those individuals who are homless or at risk of becoming so.
Magic Breakfast - Ensuring that no child is too hungry to learn through the provision of healthy breakfast food and expert support to schools with 35% or more pupils eligible for free school meals.
Focus Ireland - Its mission is to end homlessness in Ireland. Our funding specifically supports their coffee shop which provides high quality nutritious meals to people hwo are homeless and at risk of becoming homeless.