FareShare Sussex to provide 200,000 meals to vulnerable people each year

24 January 2019

Photo credit: Skye Brackpool
FareShare volunteers joined by Mayoress of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Dee Simson, Maria Carpenter, Asda Community Champion, and Rachel Carless Development Manager of FareShare Sussex.

Our Brighton-based Regional Centre purchased a new chiller which will enable it to provide a staggering 212,000 additional meals to vulnerable people each year.

Thanks to landmark funding from Asda, FareShare Sussex has increased its chilled food capacity fivefold, as well as leased an additional van for its fleet. For the first time ever, FareShare Sussex has also recruited two paid drivers who had previously served as volunteers.

The charity is one of our southern regional branches and provides quality, surplus food to over 120 frontline community groups and charities across Sussex and Surrey – including homeless hostels, school breakfast clubs, rehabilitation centres and lunch clubs.

The new equipment will afford FareShare Sussex the capacity to recruit over 17 new local charities and community groups in the next year. This will in turn help to feed a further 1,800 vulnerable people across the region each week, increasing the number of beneficiaries by an astonishing 20 percent over the next year.

The ambitious growth plans have been made possible thanks to funding from Asda as part of its Fight Hunger Create Change programme.

The Fight Hunger Create Change programme is a partnership between Asda, FareShare and food poverty charity The Trussell Trust which aims to lift one million people out of food poverty across the UK. Over the course of three years, Asda will provide funding to both charities to enable them to invest in their infrastructure and offer more fresh food and crucial support to people in need.

Rachel Carless, Development Manager at FareShare Sussex, said: “Fareshare Sussex began life as a small team with big ambitions, redistributing food to a handful of frontline local organisations.

“Since then, the project has grown year on year and last year we saved 475 tonnes of food from waste – equivalent to over 1.1 million meals – a phenomenal achievement that is testament to the tireless dedication of our volunteers and staff.

“But we know there is a demand for more support – in Sussex alone, 40 wards are among the top 20 percent most deprived areas in England.

“The need for our service has never been higher – which is why we are so grateful to Asda for their generous funding, that brings our vision of ensuring no good food goes to waste closer to a reality.

“If you would like to get involved and support, either by donating or volunteering, please get in touch – just £1 enables FareShare to provide a meal for a family of four, and a few hours of your time volunteering can also make a real difference.”

Maria Carpenter, Community Champion at Asda Brighton Hollingbury, said: “By bringing FareShare and the Trussell Trust together and investing in their infrastructure and essential services, we can help thousands more vulnerable people in Sussex and millions nationwide access good quality fresh food. Ultimately, our aim is to change the face of food poverty in this country and make sure nobody goes hungry.”

For more information and to donate to FareShare, click here.

“The need for our service has never been higher – which is why we are so grateful to Asda for their generous funding, that brings our vision of ensuring no good food goes to waste closer to a reality.”

Rachel Carless, Development Manager at FareShare Sussex