Bristol’s Biggest Legal Firms Back FoodStock 2020

Hargreaves Lansdowne, Osborne Clarke, Womble Bond Dickinson, Smith & Williamson and Burges Salmon have all signed up to support our emergency winter operation: FoodStock 2020. The campaign aims to build a stockpile of emergency food with the infrastructure to deliver it across the region throughout this difficult winter.

Phoebe Ruxton, Head of Development at FareShare South West, says: “Bristol is home to some really powerful organisations, and we are delighted to see not just one of the big legal companies in Bristol come on board and support us, but 5 of them! We have always had positive relationships with the legal sector in our city, so it’s great they’ve stepped up when it really matters. Need for food support is rising all the time and we need to be there to support people – many of whom may never have had to seek food support before. Our frontline partners, who will receive this emergency food, are doing an amazing job of supporting the most vulnerable, particularly during these challenging times.”

In late October 2020, we announced the campaign FoodStock 2020 and called on Bristol’s businesses to provide support in whatever way they could. The law firms responded to this call, with a number having supported us in the past. Fundraising took place over the following months, along with funding to support vital elements of the infrastructure to the project. Staff teams from the legal firms even volunteered at our warehouse during ‘working hours’.  

Peter Clough, Head of Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office says: “Through our longstanding association with FareShare South West we’ve learnt about the huge impact food poverty has in the South West. At a time when many people are facing a very difficult winter, the work it and its partners do to meet this urgent need is more crucial than ever. It’s always a privilege to work with the outstanding team at FareShare South West and we’re very proud to get behind the FoodStock 2020 campaign.”

Jamie Cameron, Head of Community Engagement at Burges Salmon said “Quite simply, FareShare South West’s response to the pandemic was incredible and enabled community organisations all across the city to support those in need.  We are proud to work with the fantastic team at FareShare South West and are really pleased to continue our support for their FoodStock 2020 campaign which we know will be critical in meeting the increasing need for emergency food this Winter.”

FoodStock 2020 will run throughout the winter months and into Spring 2021.

FareShare is the only charity to take food from the wholesale level of the food industry

The vast majority of surplus occurs before food even gets to the supermarket. Each FareShare regional centre takes that food and redistributes to those in need. FareShare Go is our supermarket collection service, which deals with supermarket-level surplus.

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