FareShare project to feed homeless opens in Brighton

Homelessness charity Crisis opens its ninth free food distribution project in Brighton next month.

The FareShare project will distribute surplus fresh food from retailers and supermarkets and deliver them free to 13 hostels and nightshelters in the city.

The scheme, already run in eight other cities throughout the UK, aims to ensure homeless people get fresh, good quality food, using excess food from businesses, which would otherwise be wasted. National partners of the scheme include Marks %26 Spencer, Pret A Manger, and Onken Dairies, but there are various local and regional partners around the country.

Crisis has direct management over the London FareShare project only.

The others have been given seed funding and franchised out to local partners, explained Alex Green, Crisis FareShare's fundraising manager. The Brighton partner is Citigate Community Projects.

Hostels have to provide evidence that money saved on food will be spend on additional services for homeless people, such as IT training and health, he said.

FareShare plans to cater for a much wider group, including the elderly, socially-excluded children, and people with HIV and drug problems, said Green.

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