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FareShare Sussex

We make sure that food gets to people who are vulnerable and affected by food poverty. We reach hungry people of all demographics: children living in poverty, elderly people living in isolation, victims of domestic violence, homeless people, those fighting addiction, disabled people, those who are unwell, ex-offenders and low-income families struggling to put food on the table.

faresharesussex.org.uk/

Charity

Registered charity no. 1093245

Member since December 2020

Latest News

Our May and June 2021 Impact

Our May and June 2021 Impact

During May and June, we operated under the lockdown rules as they continued to be relaxed, redistributing as much food as we could gather.

During these two months, we gave out just under twice the amount of food we were distributing before the pandemic began. Demand for food exceeded what we could supply, the community groups told us they needed more food but we were unable to get it.

The national shortage of haulage vehicle drivers across the UK, caused in part by Brexit, has been particularly frustrating for us because we were unable to bring the surplus food we were offered to our warehouses in Moulsecoomb, Brighton to give out locally. It is hard for us to see good food go to waste when there are hungry people asking us to provide for them. We have been assured by the haulier industry that more haulage drivers will be trained and recruited in time from within the UK over the next two-year period. We expect that our current food shortages will be repeated from time to time during this time-frame as a result of this.

It is clear now that the numbers of people in food poverty across our geographical location will continue to be at critical level for some time to come. We are doing the best that we can to meet this need. Our resources are stretched, but thanks to our wonderful volunteers we are continuing to do what we can to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

During these two months we:

• Redistributed a total of 177 tonnes of food, that is the equivalent of 393,333 meals.

• Provided food for 156 charities and community groups across Brighton and Hove, Sussex and Surrey. They ensured the food got to 17,511 people every week as either food parcels or cooked meals (sometimes both).

• Worked with 135 volunteers in our warehouses to receive, sort and deliver the food.

• Our volunteers donated 4,812 hours of their time to work with us, ensuring that vulnerable people in food poverty received the food they desperately needed.

• Took delivery of another refrigerated vehicle purchase– bringing the total of vehicles that we own in our fleet up to three and therefore reducing the amount of money we spend on hiring them.

• Our employability training programme opened up again as we were able to support people face to face. Two people far from the workplace were supported with skills enabling them to start applying for jobs again.

• Our 2021 Impact Report was complete and can be viewed on our website here: https://faresharesussex.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/FSS-Impact-Report-2021-super-compressed.pdf

• 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.

• Bought our new Iceni E-Cargo Trike (affectionately named Lurch), setting up training sessions with our volunteers to ensure their safety whilst delivering food locally by bike – and of course reducing our carbon emissions.

Our March and April 2021 News

Our March and April 2021 News

During March and April, we operated under the lockdown rules as they were gradually relaxed, continuing to redistribute as much food as we could gather. During these two months, we again gave out two and a half times the amount of food we were distributing before the pandemic began. Covid19 is still having a devastating impact on vulnerable people and we remain committed in our resolve to get food out to people across Brighton and Hove, Sussex and parts of Surrey.

During these two months we:

• Redistributed a total of 222 tonnes of food, that is the equivalent of 528,571 meals.

• Provided food for 166 charities and community groups across Brighton and Hove, Sussex and Surrey. They ensured the food got to 19,057 people every week as either food parcels or cooked meals (sometimes both).

• Worked with 144 volunteers in our warehouses to receive, sort and deliver the food (numbers were restricted again because of the lockdown).

• Our volunteers donated 5,116 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 deliver food to projects across Brighton and Hove by our new electric refrigerated van and experimented with a range of electric cargo bikes, reducing our carbon emissions.

Our run up to the festive period

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.