Our run up to the festive period
The effect of the Covid19 pandemic continues to put a great demand on our services. So many people are now in food poverty and in need of support.
During November and December 2020 we:
• Redistributed a total of 230.5 tonnes of food, that is the equivalent of 548,809 meals.
• Provided food for 160 charities and community groups across Brighton and Hove, Sussex and Surrey. They ensured the food got to 17,517 people every week as either food parcels or cooked meals (sometimes both).
• Worked with 150 volunteers in our warehouses to receive, sort and deliver the food.
• Our volunteers donated 4,720 hours of their time to work with us, ensuring that vulnerable people in food poverty received the food they desperately needed.
• Continued to work safely within Government Guidelines for Covid19 using a mixture of PPE, social distancing, personal hygiene and additional cleaning to ensure that everyone stayed safe.
• Continued to store the sorted food for the next mornings’ delivery in our chiller vans overnight ensuring that we could continue to work safely around the increased quantities of food in our warehouses and chiller.
Our response to the Covid-19 Pandemic
Since the crisis began, we have seen an unprecedented demand for our services which we have been able to meet thanks to the hard work of our team of volunteers and staff, emergency response funding and the support of the community.
As of November 2020 we have:
Delivered 1051 tonnes of food, the equivalent of 2.5 million meals. That is already nearly doubling the amount of food we delivered during our last financial year - and we still have 4 months of the current financial year to go.
Provided food to 161 frontline charities and community groups every week. This includes new community groups and Government Hubs that were set up as a response to Covid-19.
Fed 16,054 vulnerable people in food poverty every week.
Our four diesel vehicles have increased their food deliveries to three a day to cope with increase in demand for the food we supply.
Begun our electric vehicle delivery pilot programme funded by Waste Action and Resources Programme (WRAP). We are using a transit-sized refrigerated vehicle and an Electric Cargo Bike to develop our local deliveries of food and pick-ups of surplus from local businesses, ensuring we reduce our carbon footprint in the longer term.
Our 2019/20 Impact
During 2019/20 FareShare Sussex delivered 675 tonnes of surplus food to 141 charities and community groups who provided hot meals and/or food parcels for 12,188 vulnerable people every week.
Through accessing this food service, these vital frontline charities and community groups are able to save money and redirect it into their core activities.
They include food banks, day centres, supported housing schemes, family centres, hospices, drop-in services, homeless shelters and hostels, refuges, youth centres, out of school clubs and lunch clubs for isolated older people.