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HOW WE STARTED

When the lockdown on March 23rd, 2020 happened, Danny Barnes our CEO, decided to quit his job and dedicate his time to helping those in need. Shop and Donate were created to fulfill this dream. Shop and Donate is an online food delivery service, where the customer’s contribution goes towards supporting food banks, key workers and helping vulnerable residents affected by COVID-19. This marked the unofficial start of Shop And Donate in April 2020

OUR MOTIVATION

The main focus of Shop And Donate has been helping the wider community and areas of the UK through Covid-19. Danny Barnes was forward-thinking about the impacts of this pandemic and strived to build an innovative, economically and environmentally sustainable community-based service to help those in need, regardless of background. This is done, via food packages, telephone befriending and hot meal deliveries. So far we have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on our services which has urged us to continue our work and aspire to be the No. 1 Community Online Shop.

OUR GOALS

  • We want to help as many vulnerable people as we can by relieving suffering caused by the negative impact of the corona-virus pandemic, both in the short-term and the long term.
  • We aim to do this by increasing the meals we can provide to the vulnerable but also offering emotional support.
  • We want to become environmentally friendly and source all our products from local suppliers and remove all plastic from our packaging.
  • We aim to increase our pool of volunteers in order to reach a larger audience of people needing our services.
  • We want to raise enough funding in order to purchase a delivery van, fridge, cover our overheads and secure a long-term community base; and
    Within three years, we want to become sustainable.

OUR VISION

In the long-term, Shop And Donate want to make our services as accessible as possible to everyone and anyone. In addition to this, we aspire to work more cohesively with both the community and local authorities to be able to: run all our services fluidly and reach a larger audience of vulnerable people.

A key vision of ours is to be able to set up Meals On Wheels as a restaurant, which functions both as a restaurant and as a community hub that donates hot food to those in need.

Our values that govern everything we do are:

  • Compassion
  • Community Cohesion
  • Equality in diversity
  • Perseverance

OUR TEAM

We have 10-20 enthusiastic, friendly, and hard-working people on our team, dedicated to providing the best possible service to those in need. We are constantly looking out for new volunteers and offer several opportunities within our organization, including but not limited to; social media managing, marketing, finance, and HR. We are giving people who may lack skills and experience the opportunity to work in a fast-paced office environment, learn important workplace skills such as organization, confidence, and communication, which will look great on their CVs. Our volunteer opportunities can help combat the issues surrounding isolation by offering a chance to interact with others and help the wider community.

Directors

Danny Barnes

CEO

In 2015, AY Group was set up and so Danny was born! As AY Group Chef Executive Officer, he knows what he wants and is dedicated to help the youth make their dreams come true. Mix enthusiasm, target orientation, positivity and professionalism together with over 6 years of experience in management, you get a great team leader, called Danny Barnes.

Eli Vasileva

Director

Eli is an efficient, resourceful, and highly organised professional with 4+ years’ experience across multiple functions in office administration and customer service. She is behind managing Shop And Donate’s finances, projects, e-commerce channels and orders. Eli is here to support our mission for a world without food waste, food poverty and food insecurity.

Daniela Salvi

Director

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Iram Rafiq, Daniela Salvi, Gifty Jhonson, Eli Vasileva, Dylan Chung, Merveille Mpoyi, Oula Ismail, Maria Espinoza, Henry Yao,
Glory Kasongo, Tisha Rabadia, Paul Zabnienski

Last updated: 15th June 2021

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