The Million Meal Appeal is such a simple way to support people who go hungry. I’m glad to be part of this.
After five years of unemployment, Stuart hit ‘rock bottom’ and had to sleep rough in London with his possessions bundled in a rucksack. Luckily, The Simon Community (a FareShare community organisation) took him in. Stuart turned his life around, becoming a volunteer. The charities ‘looked after me and I thought it’s time I did something for them.’
Turning his life around
These days, Stuart volunteers for both charities. He helps load and drive the FareShare van around London and helps in The Simon Community’s kitchen, cooking his famous sausage casserole for up to 300 people. Stuart now has his Forklift Certificate thanks to FareShare’s Employability programme, and worked as a forklift driver during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Every donation helps
“The amount people donated brought tears to my eyes – some gave full carrier bags,’ says Cheryl, Sainsbury’s colleague, Liverpool.
“The generosity of shoppers was humbling,” says a Million Meal Appeal volunteer from Ashton.
“Older people tried their best to donate a little something,” says a volunteer from Ripon. “Whether it’s a little or a lot, every donation helps.”
Let’s do it all again
With your help, we collected enough food in one day to make 1.2 million meals for 36,500 people. Check back here soon to see if we beat our previous figures.