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Hove Luncheon Club is a fantastic project working hard each week to ensure isolated older people in our community are getting out, making friends, and eating a delicious hot meal. Every Tuesday during term time the co-ordinator and 18 volunteers provide a three course lunch for around 50 elderly people at the Hove Methodist Church. Members can benefit from the free transport service which enables community members of limited mobility to attend. The club has to fund-raise to ensure that costs are kept low for members – many of whom are on low incomes. FareShare enables the club to cater for all tastes and the variety of food given means that the club can often cook some of their favourite meals, like their famous soups, alongside something new, like the popular slow-cooked pork ribs!

“Thanks to FareShare we are able to provide a high quality, low cost meal every week to isolated, vulnerable people. We can serve food that neither we as an organisation or members of Hove Luncheon Club themselves are able to afford or cook.”

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With the meal as the focal point of the club, the company is incredibly important for members, many of whom may live on their own and struggle to get out. There are always other things going on, whether that’s professional massages, music therapy or guest speakers offering energy-saving advice. Volunteers also ensure that no birthday goes un-celebrated with a constant supply of cake!

Photos by Simon Dack, Vervate