FareShare South West uses Ashton Gate Stadium as emergency food warehouse during COVID-19 crisis

Ashton Gate Stadium, home of Bristol City FC and the Bristol Bears, is set to become a second home for FareShare South West in the week commencing 6th April 2020.

With an interior event space given over to us, Ashton Gate will provide increased capacity for the storage of ambient food, which will be in addition to our existing warehouse in St Jude’s. This will mean more in date, good quality surplus food can be taken in and redistributed to frontline organisations across the city and wider region as the current Coronavirus crisis deepens.


Mark Kelly, Managing Director Ashton Gate Stadium said: “I’m really pleased that Ashton Gate can be used in this practical way to directly help our community.”

“Partnering with a national charity like FareShare is a great chance for us to be able to help ensure much-needed aid gets to those who need it most.
“Since the stadium was closed on March 20th (due to the Covid-19 pandemic), we’ve been working with a number of charities, organisations and individuals to see how we can offer some kind of public service.  The Lansdown family has spoken much about us being a business in the heart of the community; the community supports us and in turn we can support the community – we are just glad to help in whatever way possible.”

Julian Mines, CEO FareShare South West said:
“We are delighted to accept this generous offer of space from Ashton Gate Stadium. The space is perfect for the storage of ambient food and will allow us to radically increase our capacity. This in turn means being able to support more frontline organisations in Bristol and beyond. As this crisis worsens, we are seeing increased demand from charities and settings who are finding ways to provide vital food support to those who are vulnerable. Whilst this increased space enables us to do much more, we are only one part of the wider solution to the food emergency.”

To donate to FareShare South West, to enable us to expand their emergency food response, visit: https://faresharesouthwest.org.uk/coronavirus-emergency-fund/


To keep up to date with latest from Ashton Gate Stadium, visit:
https://www.ashtongatestadium.co.uk/

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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