First of all as this is Volunteers’ Week I want to say a BIG thank you to all our volunteers who in the last year have distributed the equivalent of more than 12,000 meals every day to the people in Sussex and Surrey facing food poverty.
We have seen our food volumes drop in recent months, especially after losing the funded bought-in stock that was helping us top up our surplus deliveries through the peak of the pandemic. That said our volunteers are still processing significantly more than they were pre-pandemic.
Fareshare centrally is strengthening its food sourcing team to bolster supply moving forward. To support this national supply we are always looking for local food producers, wholesalers and retailers who can supply us with surplus, especially on a regular basis. Do please get in touch if you are reading this! The need is not going away.
One fantastic recent success has been the full integration of an electric van into our processes – this supplements our diesel vans – and of course is ‘the future’. We are continuing to test how an e-cargo bike can integrate into our service and collect from new local suppliers and projects.
Our next exciting development will be the installation of a freezer which will enable us to distribute frozen food to projects and reduce waste further. We expect the freezer to be put into service at some point in the summer, helping increase the range of food we can provide.
And of course so that we can support more people in Surrey, we are applying for funding for a warehouse in the county, where we are already delivering to 13 projects. By having a second base in Surrey, our Brighton warehouse will have additional capacity to reach more people in East and West Sussex.
None of the the past achievements or the future development plans would be achievable without so many fantastic volunteers.