Wyke Farms supports FareShare South West to help children facing food insecurity

Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and producer of renewable energy, is delivering the first of six contributions to FareShare South West who are partnering with Feeding Bristol this summer to deliver food to over 50 holiday projects across the South West. The ‘Food for Holiday Projects’ work aims to help children and families facing food insecurity over the school summer holidays.

Wyke Farms has previously supported the project with generous donations in 2019 when it supplied food for over 6 million meals for the benefit of over 50,000 vulnerable people across the South West regions. This year the company is providing even more; there will be 6 donations at 536kg each over the summer period, totalling 3.2 tonnes of cheese and butter. Wyke Farms has selected butter and grated cheese for sandwiches as well as block cheddar for children to use in cooking activities.

Paul Hardwick, chairman at Wyke Farms, recently joined the South-West board of trustees at FareShare South and says: “I was delighted to have been asked to help with the great work that FareShare South West do in the region. My involvement began in 2020 and was formalised in February this year when I became a Trustee. I will be using my experience in the food industry to benefit the charity.”

Lucy Bearn, director of operations at FareShare South West says: “We’re delighted to have Wyke Farms on board and supporting our summer operation. School holidays are a key, time-critical moment to provide support to families to avoid them falling through the gaps and into more complex issues relating to poverty. Working with local food businesses, like Wyke Farms, is fundamental to our success as a charity and without partnerships like this, we couldn’t make the impact we do in our local communities.”

Wyke Farms’ cheese and butter is made with the milk from its cows grazing the lush pastures of the Mendip Hills in the centre of the Cheddar making region in Somerset.

Wyke Farms products are available in selected Lidl stores and in South West UK Asda, Co-op, and Tesco stores. All products are available online at: www.wykefarms.com/shop.

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