My Week: Rebecca Scott ensures festive food doesn't go to waste

The warehouse coordinator at food charity FareShare London recounts her week

Rebecca Scott
Rebecca Scott

Monday: It's New Year's Eve and I'm managing the evening shift, which involves counting and sorting the food that has come in that day and entering it into our system. One of our longest-serving volunteers is helping me and we have three deliveries of products such as yoghurt, meat, fruit and veg to get through. It's great to know that we've got lots of fresh food to send out after the bank holiday.

Wednesday: We have a team of volunteers coming in from a bank that supports FareShare. It's a good team-building exercise for them and they get to take part in the work that their employer is supporting financially. They also get to meet our regular volunteers. All the people that deliver food to the charities we support in London are volunteers and we couldn't do our job without them. On a normal day, food needs to be packed into crates, loaded onto our refrigerated vans and delivered. We have received some surplus festive goodies, including mince pies and Christmas cake, which I'm sure our community members will enjoy.

Thursday: My shift starts mid-morning and when I arrive I find the computers are down because of a power cut. My colleague Mick has done a great job - he and the volunteers managed to contact all the charities receiving food and sort and load supplies onto the vans. I'm also the volunteer coordinator, and today I'm meeting two potential recruits. I give them a warehouse tour, we have a chat about the various roles and they become our first new volunteers of 2013. It's great to get new people such as these on board.

Friday: Thankfully, the computers have been fixed. We've got all three vans in London on the road today. I know roughly how much food each charity would like and the types, and we try to accommodate them. It can be tricky, though, because we never know exactly what we're going to get. Once the vans have left I spend the afternoon checking supplies. It's been a good week - we have redistributed more than 10 tonnes of food, which equates to almost 24,000 meals.

FareShare is a food redistribution charity

Rebecca Scott is warehouse coordinator at food charity FareShare London

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