On October 12th, FareShare South West (FSSW) were excited to launch Wasted/Wanted, a film dedicated to the people who without them, our work would never be possible – the volunteers. Screened at Bristol’s Cube Microplex, the film was directed by Wendy Zakiewicz and demonstrated the impact of FSSW volunteers, many who have overcome challenges and obstacles in their lives to give their time for the cause of tackling food waste and giving back to the community.
Along with the Surplus Supper Club, the team served up and taste sensation to remember, with platters, snacks and a series of finger nibbles available for hungry guests. Attended by over 60 people, a series of eight other films, all which focused on the theme of sustainability and community engagement, included a short piece on our campaign in 2012 with ‘Feeding the 5000’.
A Q&A session with FareShare South West CEO Jacqui Reeves, Joy Carey, Director of Local Food Roots, which was also shown in the evening and Wendy Zakiewicz followed after all the films were shown. FSSW were also proud to have 15 of their own volunteers present for the event, many of which have successfully gained new qualifications, work experience and confidence to find more opportunities.
A raffle was also hosted, which offered the guests to be in with a chance to win one of the delicious food hampers, all composed of food that has been kindly donated to FSSW. Over £40 was donated in total on the night and this will go towards some of the other exciting events coming up before Christmas.
Reflecting on the success of the evening, Jacqui Reeves noted the very relaxed atmosphere of the event, where guests feedback they felt ‘inspired’ having watched the films afterwards “The whole evening was fantastic. It was wonderful to see so many of our volunteers at the screening, as it was all about them, and to hear the guests were ‘inspired’ by what they saw was an added bonus. I think it was probably the catering from the Surplus Supper Club which was a real treat for all.”
Director of Wasted/Wanted, Wendy Zakiewicz, also observed that the evening was a great success for the volunteers at FareShare and for the wider community “People were really open to the idea of the film and I found that they were also generously open to sharing their own personal stories. The film has an observational style that represents people with a raw honesty. It allows the audience a deeper context to experience the situation of food waste and also demonstrates the way in which Fareshare impacts the lives of the volunteers working there, and the charities that they support.
For more information and enquires on how you would like to show the film, contact us [email protected].