Frequently Asked Questions

Please find some common questions and answers below. If you are still not finding the answers you are looking for, get in touch with the team today.

What does FareShare Sussex do?

FareShare Sussex is a charity project that takes in surplus food from the food industry and delivers it across Brighton & Hove and the wider Sussex area to organisations working with homeless and vulnerable people.

Do you give food to individuals in need?

No, FareShare only gives food to other organisations, such as food banks, homeless day centres, children’s centres, lunch clubs and supported housing schemes, where the food is then passed directly to their clients. To become members and receive food, organisations are required to meet certain criteria to ensure that the group is working with vulnerable people and the food we provide is reaching those most in need.

Where do you get your food from?

Our food comes from a range of different food businesses along the supply chain, from growers and manufacturers to distributers, wholesalers, retailers and cafes. Examples of just some of the companies we regularly work with are Tesco, Asda, Brakes, Higgidy Pies, Pret a Manger and the FlourPot Bakery. Find out more in Our Suppliers.

How can I donate food?

Whilst the majority of the food we get comes from the food industry, we are always grateful to receive donations of non-perishable food items from the public. You can drop food to our warehouse or at one of our collection points across Sussex (visit the Give Food page for details).

I know a food business that has a lot of waste. What can I do?

Talk to us today! We can help food companies identify opportunities to capture food surpluses within their supply chain and redistribute this food for consumption. The FareShare network strictly adheres to food safety regulation so you can be confident in working with us. Visit Give Food for more information.

I have heard of FareShare in other parts of the country. Are you a local or a national charity?

FareShare Sussex is a charitable project established by City Gate Community Projects, a local registered charity set up by City Gate Church. FareShare is a national network of independent regional centres, operating a social franchise model. We fundraise on a local level but much of the food surplus is procured on a national level.

What can I do to help?

There are lots of different ways you can get involved in the project and support the fight against food poverty and waste, whether it is by giving time and money, sharing your networks or expertise. Sparing some time to volunteer with us is a brilliant way to support your local community. Getting involved in fundraising or making a regular or one-off donation helps us keep our vans out on the road and the warehouse over our heads. Visit Get Involved to find out more.

Is it free to receive food from FareShare?

Our member organisations pay a small annual fee to contribute towards some of the running costs of the project. If you would like to discuss this on behalf of a charitable organisation, get in touch today.

Where does my donation go?

100% of your donation goes straight into the FareShare Sussex project redistributing surplus food to homeless and vulnerable people. Our main expenses are our van hire & running costs, warehouse rental and staff salaries, followed by volunteer travel expenses and training. Our project could not continue without funding for these core costs. Click here to donate now.

I want to help out. Is it best to give money or food?

We are always extremely grateful for donations of non-perishable food and it helps us ensure consistent deliveries to our member organisations. However, as the majority of the food we receive is surplus from the food industry, we can make your cash donations go much further through enabling us to store and deliver food donated from companies. Find out more about how to fundraise for FareShare.

Do you have any vacancies?

We currently do not have any paid vacancies, but if you are interested in volunteering, find out more here.

I want to help out but I don't live in Sussex. Is there a FareShare near me?

There are currently 21 FareShare regional centres around the country. Click here to find your nearest centre to get involved in.