Fighting food poverty in our community
5.8 million people in the UK live in ‘deep poverty’, making it hard for them to afford every day essentials, including food.
Every day people of all ages go hungry. This can be for reasons such as redundancy, reduced welfare support, or simply receiving an unexpected bill whilst working on a low income. This means that many people have no choice but to turn to drop-in centres, hostels, food banks and other emergency help to feed themselves and their families. For others, going along to a lunch club helps to alleviate loneliness as well as providing a meal.
This is where FareShare Sussex comes in. We reclaim good-to-eat surplus food from manufacturers, suppliers and retailers that would have otherwise been thrown away. We distribute this food to around 100 local charities and community projects across East and West Sussex, and parts of Surrey. The food is then turned into thousands of nutritious meals every week for the people who need it most. For the community groups we work with, our service is a much needed resource.
With the charity sector experiencing an increased demand at a time when budgets are stretched, providing food enables our charity members to reinvest in essential services to help their clients, such as advice and guidance, mentoring and social activities.
Our long term vision is for food poverty not to exist. While it does, we want to expand our service to reach even further across Sussex and Surrey to help many more community groups offer a food service to their beneficiaries.
If your organisation is interesting in receiving FareShare Sussex deliveries, click here.