Greener transport trialled at local food charity with Resource Action Fund

The local food redistribution charity FareShare Sussex is about to begin a project to test the use of refrigerated electric vehicles to deliver surplus food to vulnerable people across the region. With significant funding from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the charity is purchasing a refrigerated van and a refrigerated e-cargo bike, with the aims of increasing the amount and variety of food that is collected and distributed across the area.

FareShare Sussex is one of 22 Regional Centres across the UK that tackles food waste and alleviates hunger through the redistribution of surplus food from the food industry to local charities and community groups that support vulnerable people. Set up in 2002, Sussex is one of the first of the FareShare centres to include electric vans in its fleet.

The community’s response to Covid-19 has seen FareShare Sussex double the amount of food delivered and sign up over 30 new projects in just two months, as new food hubs and delivery services are set up across the region. This has required their vans to be out on the road significantly more, making the arrival of this pilot even more important.

Project Coordinator Nathan Catt tells us:

this could be the start of a gradual journey to decrease our reliance on conventional vehicles running on fossil fuels which is in line with our mission to reduce in the environmental impact caused by unnecessary food waste.”

The pilot includes funding to recruit and up-skill volunteers with bike-ability, food hygiene and manual handling training, helping support people learn new skills and gain experience to progress into employment.

To find out more about their work, visit faresharesussex.org.uk or email Nathan at nathan@faresharesussex.org.uk.