Last month, we were delighted to welcome Norwich’s Lord Mayor Martin Schmierer as our newest recruit. He joined some of our regular volunteers to collect surplus food from Waitrose in Eaton. He also helped transport it back to our base at Cadge Road Community Centre where he weighed and sorted the food we’d collected.
‘I knew that Norwich FoodHub do amazing work but I never realised quite how easy it is to take part and make a difference’, said the Lord Mayor. ‘It was a really productive way to spend an hour on a Monday evening in Norwich. I collected unsold food from Waitrose in Eaton and then we sorted the food in a community centre so it was ready for collection by community groups.’
We were really pleased to hear the Lord Mayor endorse the work we do. ‘It is small acts that can really make a difference’, he said. ‘By giving up an hour of their time, volunteers help fight food waste and help people experiencing food poverty. Food waste is one of the huge issues facing us today as we struggle to protect the environment for future generations. Helping to reduce food waste by retailers is one of the practical ways we can help.’
Mark, a professor at UEA, was one of our volunteers who accompanied the Lord Mayor. ‘It’s fantastic to have people like the Lord Mayor supporting the work of the FoodHub’, he said. ‘The volunteering system is great because it is so flexible. You just sign up to do a collection when you have an hour free.’
We really value the Lord Mayor partnering with Norwich FoodHub’s vision to fight food waste - and an hour was all it took to make a tangible difference in this systemic problem. Our hope is to see people in Norwich rallying around the simple message of fighting food waste for the benefit of our community and we need your help to do it. It’s so easy to become a volunteer and start helping out on a regular basis, or even just when you have a spare evening.
Inspired? Willing? Why not sign up today?