We need your vote to enable us to have the support we need to obtain the funding for a permanent home for Fareshare Sussex (expanding to cover Surrey), Foodwise TLC and Neat2Eat CIC.
The following information seeks to clarify our purpose and how we will make a difference across Surrey in a much expanded role from our existing capabilities.
The issue of Food Insecurity and loss of employment has the potential to get much worse, before it gets better as the full impact of COVID19 continues to impact on our nation. Let’s work together so that no family goes hungry.
This project will incorporate the close working relationship between two established charities and one community interest company by joining forces to address food insecurity and food waste with the ability to substantially benefit the County of Surrey.
The Parties (together "The Parties”) are as follows:
The Parties are seeking to fund a £3.75m purchase of a freehold commercial property in Sheerwater, Woking, Surrey GU21 5SU, as a permanent base for the delivery of their services.
The property would be approximately 15,236 SQ FT in size and be utilised by The Parties as follows:
The Fareshare operation would add Surrey to their Sussex operations, receiving large-scale food deliveries from food producers, manufacturers and supermarkets (thereby reducing food waste) and distribute the same to charities and organisations capable of feeding their local communities across Surrey.
The combined reach of The Parties addresses many needs (including but not limited to):
FareShare UK is a national charity, tackling Food Waste by distributing surplus food from the food industry. This includes supermarkets, distributers and growers. It has 21 Regional Centres across the UK, strategically located and each operating under the umbrella of a separate charity. They provide food for other frontline charities and community groups, ensuring it gets to vulnerable people in food poverty.
FareShare Sussex works under the umbrella of City Gate Community Projects. They areseeking to run and operate a distribution/sorting hub to supply Surrey from the new warehouse. FareShare Sussex will manage the new hub and is seeking to develop a funded rollout plan. For further information see https://faresharesussex.org.uk/
Furthermore, FareShare Sussex focuses on employment/training opportunities within its operational activities and is a champion of the use of green energy solutions, within its delivery and warehousing operations.
Foodwise (TLC) Limited (established 2015), a registered charity, provides training/coaching to families, supplies food (directly or via Courses) and seeks to address holiday hunger in Guildford/Woking area. See www.foodwisetlc.care for more information.
Neat2Eat (N2E), a subsidiary of Foodwise, established 4th October 2020, responding to the need locally to employ, educate and empower young adults (YA) in the age range of 18-24. With COVID19, the numbers of unemployed young people has trebled if not more, since March 2020.
N2E’s aim is to recruit young adults categorised as NEET, to mentor, train, educate and employ them within our operations. Offering apprenticeships and career building opportunities, within a minimum twelve-month term, plus a bridge to further employment.
N2E is a social enterprise, not for profit, running cafes (currently The Haven @ QE Park, Guildford) and a Kitchen (Moorcroft, Woking) whilst investing in Cloud Kitchens. See www.neat2eat.care for more information.
Both City Gate Community Projects and Foodwise are registered with the Charities Commission:
FareShare/City Gate see https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-search/-/charity-details/3989822/charity-overview
Foodwise See https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-search/-/charity-details/5065230/charity-overview
The Parties will register an idea with Your Fund Surrey to seek the funding of the Commercial Property for the purposes set out above.
Please click on the link below to read about the £100m Your Fund Surrey:
In order to be considered for the funding, The Parties will "pin” the idea on GU21 5SU. The property details can be found as follows:
In order to be recognised as a "supported” idea WE NEED YOUR ACTION TO VISIT THE IDEA AND VOTE FOR IT!
Article published 20th November 2020 in GetSurrey; Extract:
"Reliance on food banks has more than doubled across Surrey during the coronavirus pandemic.
New figures released on Wednesday (November 12 2020) by the Trussell Trust reveal that food banks in the area saw a shocking 122 per cent increase in need during the crisis. The charity has also warned that these figures are only the tip of the iceberg, as many people will have been helped by other community groups.
Between April 1 and September 30, 28,324 emergency food parcels were given to people struggling to afford essentials by the 31 food banks in the Trussell Trust’s Surrey network. That’s up from 12,750 parcels handed out during the same period of 2019, when there were 25 food banks operating in the area.”
Read the full article here: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/frightening-rise-use-surreys-food-19266994
Surrey-i provides an insight into the Index of Multiple Deprivation across Surreyhttps://public.tableau.com/profile/surrey.county.council.joint.strategic.needs.assessment#!/vizhome/Economyemploymentanddeprivation/Story1
Guildford and Woking both have areas of food insecurity. Guildford Borough Council published a report in March 2019 please click here to access https://www2.guildford.gov.uk/councilmeetings/documents/s16035/Item 05 - App 1 OS Committee report exc appendices.pdf
The need is clear and The Parties are part of the solution that can assist those struggling in these difficult times, immediately and for the long term.
Please click on the link below, click 'agree' and follow the instructions to vote for us.
With the help of Woking Borough Council, we are looking to open a temporary site to start operations whilst we await a response from Your Fund Surrey/Surrey County Council.