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As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, Feeding Britain is supporting partners across the UK to develop sustainable and dignified approaches to protect people from hunger. From affordable food networks to advice services, from fuel banks to school holiday programmes, your donation will make a real difference to communities across the UK.

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Arun and Chichester

UKHarvest is an environmental charity on a mission to eliminate food waste and hunger! They ensure everyone has access to quality nutritious meals by offering food redistribution and education services.

Working across Southern England, UKHarvest fights food waste for the environment by collecting edible surplus food from organisations, including farms, manufacturers, shops and events. They cook, repack or redistribute and donate this to charities who help those most vulnerable, such as foodbanks, homeless shelters, schools and community groups.

We are working with UK Harvest to establish a network of pantries in the Chichester area. These pantries offer nutritious fresh food at an affordable price for those who might be struggling to make ends meet.

Impact: Between April 2020 and March 2021:

  • 604 people participated in our education sessions
  • 357 charities received UKHarvest food
  • 696 tonnes of food distributed
  • 2.5 million meals delivered
  • 171 organisations donated food
  • 1322 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions offset

To find out more, visit the UKHarvest website here.

Levels of local food insecurity

According to the University of Sheffield’s research into local food insecurity of adults (Jan 2021), in Chichester:

  • 2.43% of adults suffered from hunger
  • 7.54% struggled to access food
  • 9.55% worried about not having enough food

whilst in Arun:

  • 2.11% of adults suffered from hunger
  • 8.69% struggled to access food
  • 8.23% worried about not having enough food

About this research:

The University of Sheffield have published statistics of UK adult food insecurity at Local Authority scale. You can view the map of measures of food insecurity here.

Hungry is defined as having skipped food for a whole day or more in the previous month or indicated they were hungry but not eaten because they could not afford or get access to food.

Struggle is defined as a positive response to at least one of the following:

  • Sought help accessing food
  • Skipped or shrank meal
  • Gave a reason for not having enough food

Worry is defined as choosing very worried or fairly worried about getting food.