To mark FareShare’s #FORFOODSAKE campaign, Giovanna cooked on board the vintage Red Bus Bistro in Shettleston, Glasgow.
Using surplus food supplied by FareShare Glasgow, Giovanna demonstrated how delicious, nutritious meals can be created from food that may be otherwise wasted.
Working with FareShare Glasgow’s Family Food Service, the aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of children going hungry in Scotland during the school holiday periods.
FareShare Glasgow collects good quality, in date, surplus food from manufacturers, retailers and producers and redistributes it to more than 85 charities and community groups to improve the lives of vulnerable people throughout the west of Scotland.
The food is transformed into nourishing meals in, for example, women’s refuges, homeless shelters and breakfast clubs.
FareShare Glasgow is now reaching an average of 18,000 people per week, working closely with the other four regional centres across Scotland in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen.
FareShare Glasgow is run by Move On, which operates as the regional delivery partner for Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
Move On also offers additional assistance in the form of employability training, mentoring and emotional support in Glasgow centres.
In 2017, FareShare UK, nationally, supported 6,273 frontline charities providing 28.6 million meals across the UK.
Speaking about the campaign and FareShare Glasgow’s work, Giovanna said: “I’m delighted to once again to be partnering with FareShare to promote the fantastic work they do both within Glasgow and the rest of the country.
"With so many people going hungry right here in the city, we have to do everything we can to minimise food waste.
“The work that FareShare undertakes is so important and I’m delighted to be able to help launch this new campaign.
"It’s devastating to think how many young people are going to sleep hungry each night, so it’s vital that we raise as much awareness as we can about the valuable work that FareShare is undertaking to support local families.”
Delighted that Giovanna is supporting FareShare once again, operations director, Jim Burns, said: “To have Giovanna’s support with our campaign is fantastic.
"Her passion is food and coming from the East End of Glasgow herself, she understands the battle families face during school holidays. Having her on board the Red Bistro Bus and demonstrating what delicious, healthy meals can be made using surplus food is fantastic.
“I watch the food coming in and out of our depot daily and there is no logical reason as to why any child or family should be going hungry out with school hours or at any time.
"For Food Sake is about building a network between the community hubs and local charitable organisations, we want them to know that there is food available and to get in contact.
“We hope that FareShare’s Family Food Service continues to grow and helps to feed more and more families at a time when they most need it.”