The local food bank, the Brighton Permaculture Trust, and other food banks throughout the country have been hit by a crisis.
They have no access to the food they usually collect, but more people have been unemployed, needing help, and support from the food banks.
The current crisis resulting from the COVID19 pandemic means that a huge number of people are facing food shortages.
As an effect, FareShare, a local food surplus charity, has seen demand growth of about 50 percent since the crisis struck.
The Brighton Permaculture Trust, a local charity, has launched a tasty initiative aimed at supplying their apple juice to people who have little access to food.
They produce roughly 10,000 liters of fruit juice every year from fruits that will be gone to waste, and the best before date is from a few weeks ago.
Year after year, volunteers can harvest and collect local fruits from all parts of the county which is then delivered to the Stanmer Park Fruit Factory.
Brighton Permaculture Trust normally produces thousands of bottles a year to various cafes and stores in the whole of Sussex, but many of them are still closed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Their scrumping project relies on the juice they generate with their volunteers but it is impossible to attract new stockists with many stores temporarily shutting down.
They have plenty of bottles in their packing room waiting to be delivered!
So, the two local charities, the Brighton Permaculture Trust and FareShare Sussex have both teamed up to make sure that fresh juices reach the people who are in dire need.
The supporters are asked to contribute to the charity to offset the wholesale cost of their local apple juice, usually distributed to stores across the region.
The juice is then sent to the local Fare Share charity which organizes excess food donations to community organizations and other local charities.
The UK’s largest network of charitable distributors of food is FareShare, which includes 17 autonomous organizations. They collect good quality surplus food from all over the food industry and reach about 11,000 neighborhood organizations and charities.
The donations are reallocated through their network to provide such a safe and efficient source of food for people who might have been in unusual social isolation that needs a balanced diet and healthy mode of living, including babies, the elderly, and the disabled.
“We are so thankful to the Brighton Permaculture Trust for the Apple Juice given to us here at FareShare Sussex,” Oli Kyndt from FareShare stated.
“This will be delivered across our network of 140 Sussex and Surrey projects which will give people in most need and socially excluded during these extraordinary times an authentically local commodity and a taste of Brighton ‘s orchards.
The charity is looking forward to collecting enough funds to contribute between 1000 to 2500 bottles, sending 6 bottles at every £10, wholesale price.
“Food and Friendship”, the former Hove Lunch Club, was one of the projects that have already benefitted greatly from a donation.
The club helps combat social isolation by their twice-weekly lunch club, but during the COVID-19 situation, they prepared, distributed, and supplied these foods door to door to needy people.
About Brighton Permaculture Trust
The Brighton Permaculture Trust is a charitable organization that promotes a sustainable lifestyle and development through design. They offer courses and activities and apply the principles of permaculture to their projects.
This scrumping campaign harvests fruits that do not pass the supermarket grade, around Brighton & Hove’s orchards, and convert them into delicious juices, jams, as well as chutneys.
Brighton Permaculture Trust also markets its apple juice, cider, and other goods for the most part on weekends outside the Fruit Factory. They also welcome donations in person, still exercising social distancing, for Fareshare bottles.
FareShare is Britain’s oldest food distribution charity. The food they collect and distribute are healthy and nutritious.
They stemmed from the principle that no good food should be wasted, particularly if people are hungry.
Support is Needed
The supporters are encouraged to donate to the charity, so to cover the expenses incurred in producing the juices which are typically distributed to outlets across the community.
With the aid of community donations and grants, we would not only be able to continue with this tasty campaign but also to deliver juices to the most deprived.
You may donate to Brighton Permaculture Trust ‘s website or Facebook page if you want to extend help to the people in most need.