This month we are featuring a West Sussex food bank that pride themselves on their provision of predominantly fresh produce, all of which is vegan.
We caught up with Worthing Vegan Food Bank Trustee and Founder, Pia Offord.
“As a budding young food bank, we knew there was a need to start a vegan food bank in our area. Not only was there demand there, but the willingness and support of our community was there. We started off with a small box in a few of our community shops, and as we began to scale, we recognised that we could no longer continue to exist out of a few boxes of donations: we needed to grow our food resources. Fast.
We reached out to FareShare having learned about their service after some Googling. We told them about our mission to support people with vegan diets, vegetarian diets, and people with difficult needs—like diabetes, gluten and lactose intolerances, and other problematic allergies. It was very clear they understood the unique things we were trying to accomplish. After a quick phone call, we organised to get weekly deliveries to our new hub.
We were wide-eyed as we saw the stock come in: fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, jams, tea, coffee essential tins… You name it. The value and diversity of these items was genuinely astounding.
I’m confident that without working with FareShare, we wouldn’t be able to offer the same quality service at the same price to people across Worthing and beyond who need it. It has been instrumental to our image.
If you are local to Worthing and want to help them out, they are always looking for ad-hoc delivery volunteers.
If this is something you could help with on a weekly basis, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01903 238622.