Last month, we published our impact report and we wanted to share our extraordinary achievements in Sussex & Surrey during 2021/2022.
- We delivered enough food for an incredible 2.6 million meals
- Supported 181 community groups which fed 21,720 vulnerable people every day
- Prevented the waste of 1090 tonnes of good-to-eat surplus food
- Saved 1383 tonnes of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of 277 flights from London to Sydney.
The cost of living crisis
While the world attempted to recover from the pandemic we had to navigate our way through an increasing demand for food due to the cost of living crisis. In Sussex & Surrey, we are now delivering twice the amount of food, to double the number of people a week compared to pre-covid.
Nationally, 46% of people accessing Fareshare’s food via our community partners have gone a whole day without food. Unfortunately, the cost of living crisis had an impact on many families who have never previously needed help. The Food Foundation research has revealed a staggering 9.9 million people in the UK experienced food insecurity in April 2022 – up by 3.2 million since January alone.
Help us meet this monumental challenge.
The force behind FareShare Sussex
Our amazing volunteers are the powerhouse of our work here at FareShare Sussex. In the last year, 150 volunteers have donated 32,888 hours and contributed to providing over 2.4 meals and food parcels to vulnerable people in the local community across Sussex and Surrey.
A recent survey showed that volunteering with us gave them a chance to give back to the community whilst also having a positive impact on their wellbeing. Last year we have also helped 21 volunteers find paid work through our employability programme, FareShare Futures.
Join our team and make a difference.
Making sure we deliver healthy, nutritious food to those who need it most
While much of our emergency food work in 2020 was built on temporary solutions, we are committed to building long-term, strategic and sustainable models – such as Food Clubs and Pantry schemes – which embed emergency food support into communities. We are also bound to deliver healthy and nutritious food to our community partners. Some 51% of the food we delivered last year was fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy products.
The pressures on the whole food industry from rising costs, the war in Ukraine, the ongoing impact of Brexit and the haulage crisis are affecting the volume and variety of food coming into our warehouse right now.
If you would like to boost our offer, why not organise a food drive for us, we need tins like kidney beans, chickpeas or, for example, pasta, cereals, as well as biscuits, coffee, tea and cooking oil.
Quick Green Win
Our impact report shows the difference our team of volunteers, staff members as well as donors and partners have made in the fight against food poverty and in protecting our precious environment. Always mindful of the environment, this year we did a short print run with a sustainable local printer using recycled paper and eco-vegetable-based inks. We even picked up the reports with our e-cargo bike, ensuring the whole process was 100% environmentally friendly.
Download our full report below