Food Supplier Spotlight: Wyke Farms
According to the Food Standards Agency, the cost of food is now a major future concern for three out of four UK consumers. Without free school meals, many families struggle during the school holidays to keep themselves and their children fed.
At FareShare South West, we’ve scaled up our operations to keep children from going hungry over the school holidays. For six weeks, we’ve added a further 50 children’s holiday projects to our regular delivery schedule. And to meet this additional demand, we’re working with food producers from across the UK to redistribute their surplus and provide thousands of children with food over the Summer break. One such supplier is Wyke Farms – the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and producer of renewable energy. This family-run company is passionate about the art of traditional cheese making. Their signature recipe – which prioritises flavour, texture and taste – has been around for 160 years and is still winning awards!
Lucy Bearn, Director of Operations at FareShare South West says:
“There are more children at risk of holiday hunger than ever before. When the school gates close for the Summer, families who typically rely on free school meals to keep their children fed are left without a lifeline. With support from suppliers like Wyke Farms, charities like FareShare South West can stop children from going hungry this Summer.”
Wyke Farms has donated surplus food to FareShare South West since 2019. This year, they’ve increased their support to meet the growing need, donating a staggering 3 tonnes of cheese and butter to support our Summer holiday operations. These simple staples can be used by breakfast clubs to spread on toast and crumpets, added to lunchtime sandwiches and included as ingredients in cooking activities.
Jennifer Gray is the Marketing Manager at Wyke Farms. She explained:
“We are delighted to be contributing again this year. School holidays can be a challenging for families and we hope our donation has positive impact for those who need it”.