When lockdown hit, FareShare South West responded quickly to the food crisis. We scaled up by over five times to deliver an Emergency Food Operation. Between March and August, our charity delivered food for over 2 million meals for those who were hit hardest by the effects of the pandemic. This reduced immediate hunger and isolation from happening right across the South West. Food was delivered to community and faith groups running food parcel operations, homeless charities, elderly people’s projects, food banks, pantry schemes and more.
This response could not have happened without the support and collaboration of our Bristol and South West community. Thanks to local companies, volunteer groups and incredible frontline partners coming together, we were able to be part of a large-scale food solution during an incredibly difficult time.
The end of national lockdown is not the end of our emergency response. Against soaring food insecurity statistics we are committed not only to growing sustainable models to tackle food poverty, but to developing new delivery models that can act as a safety net in the future crises. To do this, we need continued support and awareness of our work.