FareShare volunteer Barbara

Barbara – tackling food waste at FareShare

Barbara has been a lead volunteer at FareShare Sussex in Brighton for nearly two years.

“I was travelling when the pandemic hit so my life really was turned upside down. I wanted to do something meaningful, interact with others and have a bit of structure.”

FareShare receives surplus food from food companies that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it to local charities where it is transformed into thousands of meals and food parcels every week.

Barbara hates seeing food waste. “I was the child (and now the woman) who would always have a spotlessly clean plate!” So, volunteering at FareShare and helping to reduce the carbon footprint of food waste was a natural fit.

When she first started volunteering at FareShare it was all hands-on deck and her tasks ranged from inputting deliveries in the system to being a driver’s buddy as they collected and delivered food across the county. She now spends her evening shift in the warehouse, picking orders for deliveries and collections. “I really enjoy catching up with the other volunteers – they’re a great bunch.”

“I also like the thought that what we are doing is beneficial to so many people, as food poverty is astronomically high in this country. In an ideal world, FareShare wouldn’t exist. People would be able to sustain themselves and their family well and the supermarkets would be selling or giving away their excess stock. But for the time being, FareShare is a lifeline for so many people and this has only been exacerbated by the pandemic.”

“I would definitely recommend volunteering. You don’t have to commit to multiple shifts in a week. Any time you have will help. You feel a sense of accomplishment – the feel-good factor – that you’re changing things in the world with a positive outcome.”

“Food poverty is astronomically high in this country. In an ideal world, FareShare wouldn't exist.”

“Food poverty is astronomically high in this country. In an ideal world, FareShare wouldn't exist.”

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