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Festive food share

14 December 2011

L to R Keith Manson. FS Denis Farrell TV Darren Mills TV Michelle Chapman FS Phil Hall TV Gerry Molan FS

In the run up to Christmas, senior members of the team at Tillery Valley, a national prepared food manufacturing business, have been volunteering their services at a local FareShare depot.

Tillery Valley, which usually delivers chilled and frozen meals to hospitals and schools across the UK, has been providing ‘overs’ to the food redistribution service for more than two years. Over the past few weeks, nine Tillery Valley employees have helped out at the depot, with Phil Hall, Site Director, Denis Farrell, Purchasing Director, and Darren Mills, Buyer, the latest to offer their support during the busy festive period.

Acting as Santa’s little helpers, the team worked alongside FareShare employees and volunteers in the ‘picking’ process, which involved carefully selecting the items required, recording sell-by dates and stacking them efficiently.

Items packed included everything from rice pudding and teabags to Tillery Valley’s own frozen meals, which had been donated earlier in the week. As an ongoing scheme, any excess meals Tillery Valley produces are passed on to FareShare for redistribution to homeless centres in the South Wales area.

Seeing the process first-hand, the Tillery Valley volunteers delivered their pallets to some regular local recipients, including the Salvation Army and the Huggard Centre.

Phil Hall, Site Director at Tillery Valley, said: “We have been donating to FareShare for over two years now, so it was great to see the process in action and the impact our food, which would have otherwise been wasted, can have in the local community.” He continued: “This is a festive, but often lonely time of year, for the homeless in particular, which makes FareShare’s work even more valuable, and we are looking forward to working with the charity for many Christmases to come.”

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