William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, may have died more than a century ago – but his spirit is alive and kicking in the East Midlands, if the work of the South Leicester corps is anything to go by!
“We try to be as relevant as we can be to the people of South Wigston and South Leicester,” commented Carl. “We run many activities which look after the needs of young and old, including a group of schoolchildren with some distinct learning needs.”
Food is a major ingredient in the Salvation Army’s success story. And, in a bid to save money, Carl and Andrew have become Community Food Members and Community Food Associates – the latter enabling the Salvation Army to benefit from the free food schemes on offer from Tesco, ASDA and Waitrose.
And save money they have – to the tune of £35,000 a year.
“When we found out what was available to us, it was a no-brainer,” said Andrew. “We wanted to take part. And we’re delighted to now be involved. The quality of the surplus food we receive is amazing. We still can’t quite believe these great schemes exist – but we’re so pleased we’re able to benefit from them both.”
Simone Connolly, director of FareShare East Midlands, added: “Organisations like South Leicester Salvation Army are who we want to be supporting. They use food as a vital connector in almost everything they do – and they use it to help people who, for a variety of reasons, may have fallen on difficult times.
“It could be that beneficiaries are elderly people, suffering from isolation; or it may be that they are a family that needs to use the Army foodbank. Or a recipient could be from one of the many groups that are run for young people. All of these people are important to us, and we’re delighted to be supporting them through Carl and Andrew’s efforts.”
When we found out what was available to us, it was a no-brainer. We wanted to take part. And we’re delighted to now be involved. The quality of the surplus food we receive is amazing.