Sussex food surplus redistribution charity FareShare launches its ‘More than Meals Christmas Appeal’ this week. Nick Mosley talks to fundraising co-ordinator Beth Parry about the initiative and how important FareShare is to local charities and community groups this winter.
FareShare Sussex provides food which is turned into nutritious meals for vulnerable people by charities & community groups across the county.
The charity takes food surplus donations from the distribution warehouses of many of the UK’s major supermarkets and food wholesalers each day, sorts them by need at their own warehouse in Moulsecoomb and then delivers food parcels to in excess of 100 worthwhile organisations each day, ranging from homeless shelters to young people’s community projects.
“Our work means that charities can make huge savings on their food bills”, says FareShare’s fundraising co-ordinator Beth Parry. “And that means that they can spend more on their core support services”.
“We are extremely proud that we can do this through our service. But we rely on the support of the community to keep our work going strong”.
Many of the warehouse and delivery staff at FareShare are vulnerable adults who are returning into the working environment.
“The volunteer programme provides a sociable, safe and structured environment where people can gain confidence, work experience and accredited training”, says Beth. “It hopefully acts as a stepping stone for them to move into other jobs”.
Supporting FareShare Sussex this Christmas will help tackle some of the most pressing social and environmental concerns in Brighton and surrounding Sussex including homelessness, food poverty, social isolation and climate change.
“Just £10 pays for the delivery of 50 meals and prevents 21kg of food from being wasted”, continues Beth. “But it also enables us to support volunteers and help 100 other charities to improve their services”.
Find out more about FareShare’s ‘More than Meals Christmas Appeal’ at www.faresharesussex.org.uk