Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, has welcomed a £48,300 Lottery grant to a local charity that he backed as “fantastic news”.
FareShare Yorkshire topped an online poll run by the Big Lottery Fund’s “People’s Project” that attracted more than 200,000 votes.
The £48,300 grant will help the Wombwell-based charity continue its vital work fighting hunger by redistributing surplus food from the food industry to more than 300 community groups.
FareShare Yorkshire will use the money for its “Creating Pathways into Work” project to provide more volunteering roles and training to help local unemployed people get a job.
Over the last year, the project has helped 23 people get experience and qualifications that have led them to full-time work. The charity’s partnership with Barnsley College means volunteers get accredited training, qualifications and mentoring.
Said Mr Dugher: “I was delighted to add my backing to FareShare Yorkshire and see their success in getting this welcome funding.
“This grant is fantastic news. It will help FareShare continue to expand the invaluable work it does in the community – whether that is tackling hunger or providing work experience and helping people find permanent jobs.”