The Bread & Butter Thing Volunteers
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The Bread and Butter Thing
The Bread and Butter Thing is a charity that makes life more affordable for people on a low income, builds stronger communities and reduces food waste using an innovative and self-sustaining approach to the redistribution of surplus food and non-food items. Its mission is to create a fair solution for people in poverty and its long-term aim is to address the premiums that people in poverty pay for food, loans, energy and other everyday essentials simply because of their personal circumstances.
TBBT was formally founded in 2016. It started with one van and five community partners. By March 2020, TBBT had grown to seven vans and 29 community partners. Its drivers make 1,300+ deliveries over six days a week – that’s over 40,000 meals every week – and deliver every week of the year, giving members regular and reliable access to our service.
To date, TBBT have provided over 3,000,000 meals to families in need across Greater Manchester. Currently it is delivering roughly 22 tonnes of surplus food a week – that’s more than 2,000,000 meals a year.
TBBT now has over 8,000 members across Greater Manchester and Darlington, collectively saving over £35,200 per week – about £1.8M per year. The average saving per week is £22. Members range from young families and single parent families to refugees and the elderly.
The Bread and Butter Thing are currently looking for a number of volunteer to support their service throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, including:
– Bag packers to pack bags of food ready for delivery: Monday – Saturday 8am to 1pm and Sundays from 8am to 3pm at the warehouse based in Trafford Park (Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Road, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1SN). Packing the bags with food and loading them on to a van to be taken and sold at the hubs.
– Volunteers who can help with tidying up and cleaning: Monday-Saturday at 1pm to 4pm and Sundays from 8am to 3pm at the warehouse based in Trafford Park (Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Road, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1SN). Duties include: Sweeping/mopping/sanitising surfaces etc – also maybe jet washing vans (volunteers will be shown how to do this). Cleaning not only helps minimise risk in this time, but also keeps the space clean for the bag packers.
– Trafford Hub Help (various Trafford locations): Monday to Saturday at 12:30pm to 3pm at various locations (to be confirmed with each volunteer where is suitable for them). The Bread and Butter Thing need someone to stand outside where the customers are queuing and remind them to maintain a 2 metre separation from each other. If you have 80+ customers queuing, that’s a long line, so it’s a case of moving up and down the queue whilst the Bread And Butter employee sells the bags. Volunteers will be able to maintain good distance from others and will not be required to be in enclosed spaces e.g. buildings with anyone.
The Bread and Butter Thing is following the PHE Government guidance around COVID-19 for all staff and volunteering activities.
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