10 January 2019
Chocolatier Emily Watson joined the FareShare team in Sussex just over a month ago, and she’s relishing her role helping redistribute surplus food to local charities. “The thing I enjoy most is seeing the impact we have on the ground — in real life, with real people,” she says.
Splitting her time between her own chocolate business and FareShare’s Sussex Regional Centre in Brighton, Emily organises and coordinates deliveries to frontline charities across the county. “I love talking to the chefs about the meals they can make with our surplus food”, she says.
So what drew Emily to FareShare? “I’ve always been aware of the issues around food waste, and I wanted to use my existing skills to support a cause that means so much to so many people. Plus I’m in the food business, so I wanted to complement that with something that embodies the joy of people coming together to share food,” she explains.
Emily regularly brings her chocolate creations to the warehouse, and they’re proving extremely popular. “I love bringing in my chocolate to share with the staff and volunteers”, she says. “We produce high end craft chocolate so there isn’t much food waste, although I’m definitely thinking more about the subject because of my work here.”
For Emily, volunteers are the lifeblood of FareShare. “Our volunteers are incredible. They see FareShare as a social experience, and many gain new skills in the process.”
FareShare relies on the support of volunteers across the UK. Find out more about volunteering with FareShare and sign up.