FareShare Sussex began its life as FareShare Brighton and Hove back in 2002 when it was set up by City Gate Community Projects. Our original purpose was to provide food to the eleven services in the city serving hot food to homeless people. The project has grown year on year and in 2014 it became FareShare Sussex and expanded its remit to include East and West Sussex. In 2016 FareShare introduced a sister project FareShare FoodCloud, which has enabled 169 more charities to access surplus food in Sussex alone.
Tackling food waste
The past year we have received over 499.05 tonnes of food, 20 more tonnes of surplus food than the previous year. 89% of the food received would have otherwise been turned into waste. We also received 11% of non-perishable food that has been donated by individuals to top up our surplus deliveries to our charity members.
The food we received the past year came from over 100 suppliers, from all stages of the supply chain, from growers and manufacturers, to distributers and wholesalers, to supermarkets, cafes and bakeries. During the year regular donations were made by Tesco, Higgidy Pies, Pret a Manger and more food retailers. This year we also have a growing number of locally-based suppliers like Lizzie’s Food Factory, Food Haven and Nature’s Food Health Box.
“If we can provide someone who is less fortunate than most with the opportunity to eat our products, then donating to FareShare Sussex is simply the right thing to do.” – Barfoots of Botley
Our charitable relationship with Barfoots of Botley has meant that we have been able to receive over 34.7 tonnes of fruit and vegetables which has gone to over 90 charities across Sussex that would have otherwise gone to waste. This is equivalent to an amazing 443,750 portions of nutrient-rich fresh fruits and vegetables going to charities and community groups in Sussex. Our charities tell us that the food supplied by FareShare Sussex is the only nutritious food that some of their beneficiaries have access to.
“Not only is the food nutritious, it also helps those at the project who are on a low income – food that is not used in the lunch is offered to students to take home with them.” Diane, Volunteer at The Migrant English Project.
Fighting food poverty in Sussex
This year FareShare Sussex delivered food to a total of 100 community groups and charities serving 7,211 beneficiaries across 12 local authorities. We are proud to have brought our service to Eastbourne and Hastings for the first time.
We have increased the number of children’s centres and food banks we support. Homeless people and people on low incomes remain the largest beneficiary groups we support via our member charities.
We have seen an increase in the number of children and young people we are now reaching, from 445 in 2015-16 to 794 in 2016-17. The number of vulnerable older people we reached also increased from 190 to 498 people.
FareShare Sussex exists because of its amazing team of volunteers, who do everything from answer the phones to drive the vans. Our volunteer programme is open to everyone and we celebrate the diversity within our team, which represents many different sections of society. As well as tackling food waste and poverty, we do all we can to support disadvantaged adults gain skills and confidence to help them progress. This year FareShare Sussex has:
- Supported over 120 volunteers.
- Provided accredited forklift truck, manual handling, driver assessment and food safety training.
- Benefitted from 21,105 hours of volunteering and work placements.
- Held a volunteer thank you party attended by the mayor of Brighton & Hove.
Thank you to everyone who made the year such a success.
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