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Rob Orme

Since the beginning of the pandemic the FareShare Sussex warehouse has distributed more than 1100 tonnes of food  to community projects in Sussex and Surrey to support the most vulnerable in our community. That’s the equivalent of more than 2.6 million meals. 

That’s an incredible effort from the 130 volunteers who come and do at least a four hour weekly shift at FareShare Sussex and the volunteers at the 160 community projects we have been supporting on a weekly basis and who are really on the front line. The food wouldn’t get to the vulnerable in the community without your support. 

In our busiest weeks we have been distributing three times the volume of food before the pandemic. This great work has been supported by streamlining processes, multiple delivery runs for each van everyday, integration of the electric van into our schedules, a lot of extra physical work and many other changes.  

The work of FareShare has become increasingly important and, thanks in large part to the campaigning of Marcus Rashford, awareness of our work is now much greater. Whilst it is regrettable that the need for our service will continue to be extremely high – the forecasting of food coming into the FareShare network over the next few weeks from the food sector indicates we will continue to have a good supply of food to distribute.

Being dependent on surplus food means we cannot determine what we will be able to get to the frontline but we do our best to provide the healthiest mix we can. 

Let’s  repeat  the figure again: 2.6 million meals – Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to the challenge! 

If you would like to support our work, the Big Give Christmas Challenge is just around the corner. Visit our campaign page from midday 1st – 8th December and your donation will be DOUBLED.

Photos by Olivia James.