Hove store opening reinforces The Southern Co-operative’s support for FareShare

A new convenience food store to be opened by The Southern Co-operative this Friday (15 May) in Old Shoreham Road, Hove, will be supporting local charity Fareshare Sussex with a £500 donation.

The new store, which will be open seven days a week from 6am-11pm, has created 20 jobs for local people. Beth Parry, Fundraising & Communications Manager for FareShare Sussex will join Store Manager Peter Bowler to officially open the new store and receive the £500 donation.

Last month, The Southern Co-operative installed a food collection point for FareShare Sussex in its store on the University of Sussex campus after this was initiated by post graduate student Cal Corkery who also works at the campus store. Beth said: “The continued support of The Southern Co-operative, through both their in-store food collection points and financial donations, enables us to reach more communities providing food to the most vulnerable in the area. This £500 donation will pay for the delivery of over 3000 meals to community groups including hostels, day centres, lunch clubs and food banks.”

Gemma Lacey, Director of Sustainability at The Southern Co-operative, said: “It is important that we support those issues that matter to our local communities. The Southern Co-operative has provided funding support for foodbanks and added food collection points in our stores where this has been requested locally. This includes our stores in Eastbourne, Haywards Heath, Portsmouth, Chichester and the Isle of Wight, and we’re looking at the opportunity to install a food collection point at our new store in Old Shoreham Road.” justgiving.com/faresharesussex.