On Thursday afternoon, Community CVS’ Mohammed Kathrada was invited to attend the Arise Restoration Centre to see first hand how the centre engages with the local communities and projects by means of supporting residents with free foods.

CVS staff got involved with sorting out assorted bread with long best before dates before cascading them to local charities and grassroots projects.

Firoza, the Female Volunteer Lead with Blackburn with Darwen Youth Awareness Project, was invited to help sort out the breads and distribute them within the Blackburn area.

Rickie, Director of Project Arise, stated:

“It is fabulous to see how charities and grassroots constituted projects can come together and support the current food crises.

“Through Community CVS we have been able to link in with Blackburn with Darwen Youth Awareness Project, who also share the same ideas of supporting residents, families, children and young people by rescuing surplus foods from local businesses and supermarkets which would otherwise go to waste.

“I contacted Mohammed from CVS this morning for a large amount of surplus food support that I collected from a bakery in Accrington. He then contacted BwD Youth Awareness Project Community Fridge who came this afternoon, assisted with sorting and delivering to families within the catchment area of Blackburn, no breads went to waste.”