“When we stumble, there will always be a community to wrap their arms around us and pick us back up. For many of us, that is FareShare or the local food bank” — Marcus Rashford MBE
Two weeks ago footballer Marcus Rashford inspired businesses, large and small, to work to ensure innocent children living in the UK had enough to eat over half term. In an incredible show of strength, kindness and solidarity, tiny cafes, family restaurants, small producers and indie shops across the UK stepped in to pledge meals, resources and money so kids would not go hungry. And in these difficult times, as we face another lockdown, it is these small, local enterprises that deserve recognition, themselves facing enormous challenges.
Many small businesses were not able to give food but are donating a portion of their business sales to the charity FareShare, the founding member of the ‘Child Food Poverty Taskforce’ spearheaded by Marcus Rashford to tackle childhood hunger in the UK.
For 25 years FareShare has delivered healthy food, that would otherwise go to waste, to food banks, community groups, activity schemes and breakfast clubs — ensuring that children, and people of all ages, don’t go hungry.
Three indie enterprises donating to FareShare:
“We were moping around wishing more of our pub customers served substantial meals, so that we could sell more beer. Then it dawned on us that we actually have it pretty good and the people who really need a substantial meal are the children going hungry.”- Triple Point Brewing.
Sheffield based independent brewery Triple Point Brewing have launched a ‘Substantial Meal’ IPA to raise money for FareShare — for every can sold £1 will be donated to the charity via our platform.
Founded in November 2018 by a father and son team, Triple Point Brewing wanted to focus on offering an interesting range of lagers as an alternative to the mass produced lagers from global brands. Working with a Master Brewer they also have a range of IPA’s and ales. All of which can be enjoyed in their Brewery’s own bar (closed during lockdown), or purchased via their website.
If you are over 18, enjoy a craft IPA, and want to support a small brewery AND raise money for charity, buy a beer today.
Vegan start-up Oatsu, is a one woman operation and founder Lauren is certainly an inspiration. She recently made it to the final of the prestigious Enterprise Nations ‘Female Start-Up of the Year’ award 2020, as well as being named in TechRound’s Top 50 BAME founded start-ups 2020.
Lauren’s pots of creamy, plant-based overnight oats have a special gut-friendly Japanese pro-biotic and come in several flavours created by her. Available to order via her website, since Oatsu’s launch less than 12 months ago, Lauren has personally made over 1,500 pots sent out to customers across the UK. She has also secured several London cafe’s as stockists . With giving at the core of her business, she donates a percentage of sales to FareShare as well as mentoring charity The Girls Network who empower teenage girls from least advantaged backgrounds.
Launching a business is at the best of times, really challenging, but Lauren has achieved so much despite the pandemic. If you fancy trying some of her nutritious, gut friendly, planet friendly overnight oats, put your order in now.
“No food should ever be surplus and no person should ever live in food poverty. We chose FareShare as the charity we wanted to support as we really believe in their mission and love the fact that they redistribute surplus food” — Suzanne, Co-Founder of Com Bossa Stationery
Before the pandemic Com Bossa Stationery specialised in exquisite, handcrafted Letterpress wedding stationary. But with so many weddings postponed due to Covid restrictions, the husband and wife team have been working hard to pivot their business. For the first time, they have introduced a range of beautifully designed, luxury Christmas cards - sold in packs of six, each pack a different, charming theme. Entirely produced in their studio in Scotland, on sustainably sourced card, a percentage of the sale of each pack of six cards goes to FareShare.
If you would like to support a family business, and donate to a charity that is fighting hunger and waste, snap up the Christmas cards through Com Bossa Stationary.