Give them their Christmas bread

HOMELESS people throughout South Yorkshire woke up to fresh bread... thanks to a Christmas miracle that saw the linking-up of a local bakery and community food distribution network.

Manor Bakeries, based at Carlton, near Royston, found that in the run up to the Christmas period they had a surplus amount of bread, with over seventy trays set to go to waste.

But after a quick call to the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, they were linked to FareShare South Yorkshire, based at Stairfoot.

The organisation then re-distributed surplus food to needy projects throughout the area, such as homeless groups and lunch clubs.

Steve Hayes, project manager at Fare Share South Yorkshire, said: “It was a surprise to receive this call so close to Christmas, but a great one at that.

“We have to deal very reactively in providing our service and have a very quick turnover in receiving and redistributing surplus food.

“The call came in from Manor Bakeries on December 23, and by Christmas Eve morning we had already sent a substantial amount of the bread out with our volunteer drivers.”

Pauline Grice, chief executive of the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, said: “We were delighted to be able to link Manor Bakeries to an organisation that can really use this surplus food for the people throughout South Yorkshire.

“When we heard how many loaves of bread were going to be put to fantastic use, we only wondered whether there would be any fish as well. Then FareShare could really feed the 5,000!

“For all that food to have been wasted would have been a great shame, so we are happy that we could play our part in linking these two organisations for the benefit of South Yorkshire.”