County Council supports local food charities with surplus food donations

14 pallets of surplus food and supplies have been donated to two Sussex based charities.

 

Release date: 12 August 2020

Residents in need across the county will benefit from 14 pallets of food donated by West Sussex County Council.

With support from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Technical Rescue Unit, 10 pallets of surplus food and supplies were donated to UKHarvest and four pallets were given to FareShare Sussex.

The items became surplus from the beginning of August, when the government advised that shielding restrictions were eased.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “During the pandemic, the Partnerships and Communities team have worked tirelessly to make sure that residents across West Sussex are looked after and supported.

“They have done this through the Community Hub, continuously building strong local connections to make sure help reaches the right people at the right time and by working alongside district and borough councils, local organisations and charities to make sure that every available resource we have at our disposal is used.

“This last point couldn’t be better illustrated than with the surplus food that was left in our depot at Drayton. Working alongside the Fire and Rescue Service’s Technical Rescue Unit, the Communities team were able to deliver surplus goods to UKHarvest and organise for FareShare Sussex to come and collect the remaining items. 

“With everyone coming together and working as one, the County Council were really demonstrating the current message of #WestSussexTogether.” 

Rob Orme, Chief Executive Officer at FareShare Sussex, said: “Thank you so much for the kind donations of sugar, biscuits, pasta and other staples. These are exactly the kind of things that people experiencing food poverty tell us that they need to supplement their income and their diets. It was very much appreciated by all of our Community Food Members and a great way to redistribute surplus from the emergency food response.”

The Community Hub continues to operate between 8am-8pm, seven days per week.

For the foreseeable future, the hub will continue to provide a central point of coordination for information, advice and support for residents affected by coronavirus.

For anyone who doesn’t require the support of the Community Hub but has a general question on what help and services are available, they can call 01243 777100 or follow the council’s Twitter or Facebook accounts.

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