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To benefit from a regular delivery or collection of food, local community groups  and charity projects sign up to FareShare’s  membership scheme.

This ensures that our surplus food gets to where it is most needed, all member organisations – or ‘Community Food Members’ as we call them – must be not-for-profit and serving vulnerable client groups meals or food parcels.

Breaking the cycle of poverty

We also ask that our members provide services other than food, whether this is accommodation, counselling, sign-posting, advice or otherwise, to ensure the food service has additional social value and helps lift people out of poverty.

Our members tell us that FareShare’s food helps to:

  • bring people together over shared meals, reducing social isolation.
  • educate through cook and eat sessions, developing important life skills.
  • engage clients with other services, helping break the cycle of poverty
  • improve overall well-being, making people happy as well as satisfied through  being able to access foods  that could not be provided without our service.

Types of charities we work with include drop-in centres for homeless people, school breakfast clubs / after school clubs, women’s refuge centres and food banks for low-income families.

 We can give out bags of food, all from FareShare, and also provide communal meals. When there’s enough food, everyone gets a hot meal. It has also enabled us to provide one-to-one cooking tuition.”

Glenwood Lodge, homeless hostel in Brighton

Find out more about some of the  local charities and community groups  FareShare Sussex  works with: