City Gate Community Projects

Help us feed people in need this Christmas

Thousands of tonnes of good food are wasted by the UK food industry yearly. Millions of people are in food poverty and struggling to eat. We address these two issues by redistributing this surplus food to people that need it most. Our work is particularly poignant at Christmas.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1093245)

open_in_new http://faresharesussex.org.uk
Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£10,240

Donations

57

Championed by Lake House Charitable Foundation

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

Across the country, millions of families are struggling to afford to eat, with numbers rising significantly since the pandemic. Sussex and Surrey suffer pockets of high deprivation in areas including Brighton, Crawley, Hastings and Dorking. The impact of Covid-19 saw us become an emergency food provider, tripling the amount of food we redistribute. We currently feed 21,570 vulnerable people every week. We see this emergency situation continuing for the medium term and are planning accordingly.

Solution

We intercept the surplus food before it is wasted, bringing it to our warehouse in bulk form. Here our army of 150 volunteers each week break the food down into smaller parcels that we deliver to 166 community groups to feed their beneficiaries with. This means people receive nutritious food. Furthermore, community groups can use their scarce resources on providing activities such as advice, support and counselling instead of buying food. This helps people to move out of the food poverty trap.

  • "FareShare Sussex are responsible for providing food for organisations all over our city (Brighton and Hove). Supporting them is supporting hundreds of beneficiaries like us who need help from the community."

    — Voices in Exile, a community group supporting refugees

  • "Partnering with FatreShare Sussex helps us combat food waste, ensuring any surplus stock is going to a worthy cause."

    — Amy Bellchambers, Higgidy Pies, regular donors of their surplus food to FareShare Sussex

  • "Volunteering for Fareshare kept me sane, doing something positive for the community and having social interaction also helped me cope with difficult times. Great experience. Carry on with the good work.”

    — Christian, FareShare Sussex volunteer

  • "It is heartening to see the number of organisations receiving food from you during 2020, and humbling to see all that you have had to do in order to keep that service going during the pandemic."

    — Sally Case, Director of EKCT, one of the Trusts that gives grants to FareShare