Bridging the food gap at Christmas: how we are supporting people in need over the festive period

We are stepping up our food support to local charities, seasonal pop-up services and schools in Bristol and the South West over the Christmas period.

The extra provision is in response to an increased need for hot meals and emergency food parcels to feed vulnerable people across the region.

In addition to the food which we deliver to over 160 organisations on a weekly basis year-round, over the festive break we are working with 43 partner organisations who can provide hot meals or emergency food parcels to those in need, at a time when many frontline organisations close. We will be delivering food for an estimated 5,000 additional meals to bridge the extra need.

Organisations working in the region’s most deprived areas- such as the Salvation Army, Caring in Bristol, Woodlands Church, and Children’s Centres- will receive deliveries of healthy, nutritious from our Bristol warehouse. Our volunteers will pack orders of healthy, nutritious and varied foods and deliver them in time for Christmas.

“Food poverty is not just a Christmas issue, but the Christmas period can be a particularly difficult time for many. Our partner organisations are best placed to provide foodsupport direct to vulnerable people, so we are working hard to get as much foodas we can into those networks.

  We have seen an increased demand for food support each year- for emergency food provision, but also for charities with squeezed budgets who provide food as part of their service- whether that’s a women’s refuge or a homeless shelter.”

If you are able to support us financially through this period, we would be hugely grateful. As little as £20 can go a long way in the world of surplus food, and will help us cover our additional delivery costs in the run up to Christmas. You can donate here: 

FareShare is the only charity to take food from the wholesale level of the food industry

The vast majority of surplus occurs before food even gets to the supermarket. Each member of the FareShare network rescues that food and delivers it to those in need. FareShare Go is our supermarket collection service, which deals with supermarket-level surplus.

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