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Fight Hunger funding means community centre in Belfast can help hundreds of people

December 21, 2018 12:01 PM

Fight Hunger funding means community centre in Belfast can help hundreds of people

Volunteers at a community centre in Belfast providing vital food, activities and support for hundreds of local people say they've been able to keep their doors open thanks to weekly deliveries from FareShare.

The Asda Fight Hunger Create Change programme has allowed FareShare Northern Ireland to buy a new van to support more charities like Tullymore Community Centre – and our Westwood store's community champion Noeleen McMahon joined their team to help collect their latest delivery of groceries.

The centre's finance manager Danny McGarry said: "We have a lot of significant outgoings like insurance and bills, and FareShare's food deliveries have saved us tens of thousands of pounds.

"We're a charity, and keeping our doors is open is becoming increasingly difficult. This link with FareShare helps us keep our doors open.

"We've been involved with FareShare for around 18 months and it's been great all round, everything about them is so positive. The food is excellent and they're so friendly.

"We get a weekly delivery and the food goes to everyone using our programmes, from our creche and youth club to our club for elderly people.

"We also help anyone who is in difficulty. We help lots of people who have fallen through the social security net by providing them with advice and support.

"It was great to meet Noeleen and chat about how Asda can help us in the future."

Noeleen said: "It was brilliant to meet the team at the centre and see what they do – they're a lovely bunch of people, so willing and eager to help people in any way they can.

"I'm planning to go and see them again soon to see how else we can help them – they clearly do so much for the local community."