Engaging young people at FareShare Sussex

Here at FareShare Sussex we love the opportunity to share what we’re doing with the local community.

On a sunny Thursday in June we were joined by 10 students from Roedean School, aged 14 – 17, all keen to learn more about how food waste is being tackled in Brighton.

After the obligatory tour and health and safety briefing, the students got straight to work sorting through 5 pallets of food that had been donated by the general public to be delivered out to our charity members.

After a fun and productive sorting session, next on the agenda was lunch followed by a group discussion on what schools and individuals could do to create less waste and become more sustainable.

Sophie

Student Sophie said “I enjoyed being able to help out first hand sorting food and learning about other ways to be sustainable. This experience is extremely educational about how much food we waste. It has made me realise how important it is to raise awareness.”

Volunteer Coordinator Maddie said “Hearing the young peoples’ positive yet realistic ideas on how to change current systems has inspired me to work even harder to ensure that no good food goes to waste in Sussex and Surrey. We want to get more young people involved and hope to welcome more under 18s to our warehouse in the future.”

Everyone in the group all fed back that they found the day educational, with many others saying it was enjoyable and rewarding too.  

Ananya

One student Ananya loved the fact that the work was “hands-on” and made you feel “part of a greater cause.”

Ananya went on the say “It’s been an eye-opening experience that is extremely fulfilling.”

Fellow student Julie said she loved “discussing how to make our environment better. This was an extraordinary experience. I love it! Can’t wait to save the world.”