23 April 2020
When the coronavirus crisis started, at FareShare, we pledged we’d do everything we could to continue getting good food onto the plates of those who are most vulnerable. Now, a month into lockdown - we’re happy to say that, thanks to the incredible support of our volunteers, our funders, our corporate supporters and everyone who has donated to FareShare’s emergency coronavirus appeal, we’ve managed to get 90% more food out to frontline charities than in the month before the Covid-19 crisis began.
“In a matter of weeks FareShare has stepped up its emergency response, opening eight new warehouse spaces and signing up 500 more charities across the UK, the majority of which are delivering food parcels to families and individuals at risk of hunger.”
That’s 90% more food going to homeless hostels, domestic violence refuges and community organisations delivering food parcels onto the doorsteps of vulnerable families, older people who are self isolating, and those with serious illnesses.
In a matter of weeks FareShare has stepped up its emergency response, opening eight new warehouse spaces and signing up 500 more charities across the UK, the majority of which are delivering food parcels to families and individuals at risk of hunger.
We’re still facing unprecedented demand. In just under a month the number of charities applying to get food from our depots has tripled, and we still have long waiting lists. We know too, that when the crisis ends, this need will still be there. When lockdown restrictions are lifted it’s likely many more families will face financial hardship and food insecurity, and will need to turn to FareShare’s network of charities and community organisations for support.
Your donations are helping us get more vans out on the road, and covering the cost of additional storage space like freezers and warehouses. They’re helping us open up more local distribution hubs, and, most importantly, to deliver vital food supplies to hundreds more organisations supporting vulnerable people - not just over the course of the crisis but also in the difficult months to come.