Totton charity Fare Share South Central appeals for help from farmers, food producers and retailers
FARMERS, producers and retailers are being sought to help a Totton-based charity which donates food which would otherwise go to waste.
Fare Share Southern Central is holding an open day at its premises in Nutwood Way to encourage local businesses and organisations it does not currently work with to help support the “unprecedented demand” due to the cost-of-living crisis.
Fare Share, which is the UK's biggest charity fighting hunger and food waste, works with the food industry to redistribute surplus goods to those that need it, via a network of 8,500 charities and community groups nationwide.
The food provided by Fare Share supports charities that deliver vital services, including food banks and pantries, hostels, refuges, community centres, older people's lunch clubs, school clubs and hospices.
Across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Dorset, the redistribution of food is co-ordinated from the southern central branch.
The volumes of food coming to the Totton warehouse have not been enough to keep up with demand, which has skyrocketed this year.
Regional manager Claire Martin said: “The cost of living crisis continues to hit hard across our region, and the charities we support all report exceptionally high levels of demand for their services.
“We are enormously grateful to our existing supporters in the food industry, who continue to do all they can to provide us with surplus food, but sadly demand continues to outstrip supply.
“Ongoing supply chain issues, the war in Ukraine, and high energy costs are all factors impacting the availability of food surplus for redistribution.
“We desperately need additional food from local sources to help boost our supplies, and hope that our open day will be an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of working with Fare Share.
“We are calling on any local food suppliers to get in touch with us about attending the event and helping us get more food to the people we support, and to charities providing vital services in the community.”
The open day takes place on Thursday 14th September from 11am until 2pm.