A food charity is urgently appealing for volunteer drivers to provide vital support to local communities by collecting food from its warehouse and delivering it to charities.

FareShare North East takes good quality, in-date surplus food and redistributes it to 326 local charities and community groups supporting vulnerable people – including homeless hostels, breakfast clubs and domestic violence refuges. This year alone the charity delivered more than 2021 tonnes of food to create the equivalent of 4.8 million meals in the region.

Volunteers are required to have a standard driving licence and will be able to deliver to a variety of local charities and community groups across Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, and the Tees Valley.

Chief Executive at FareShare North East Jake Hanmore said: “Our drivers have been providing a lifeline to people in the North East throughout the crisis, delivering food to charities across the region.

“Now, as restrictions ease, many of our fantastic volunteers are returning to work, leaving us with a shortage of drivers.

“The charities we serve are still facing an unprecedented demand and we urgently need new volunteer drivers to help us get food onto more people’s plates. We’re really hoping the community will rally round and help people in need.”

Find out more about volunteering opportunities on FareShare’s website: https://fareshare.org.uk/volunteer/