Starting from Saturday 22nd August 2020, we will be experimentally opening at our usual times (Thursdays 2-8, Fridays 4-7, Saturdays 3-5), volunteer availability permitting.
For the time being, customers will not be admitted into the shop, but will be served from a table at the door. You are welcome to bring your own containers for bulk items which volunteers will fill for you. Please wear a mask if you can … and bring an umbrella if it looks like rain!
We are sorry not to be letting you back into the shop yet, but there is a consensus among Fareshares volunteers that we should err on the side of caution for the moment. Our decision takes into account the lack of space and ventilation in our little shop; the need there would be for constant sanitisation of scoops, lid handles, jars, pens, calculators and weighing machines if customers were serving themselves; and the fact that Fareshares is under much less pressure to open conventionally than if it were a for-profit business.
We understand that not everyone will agree with our decision not to open in the normal way yet but we ask for your patience and co-operation anyway. It will inevitably be quite time-consuming for volunteers to serve you, and you may have to queue for a while. We are doing our best to give you access to good food at affordable prices in difficult circumstances, and we will review how we work as time goes on.
We will also continue to accept advance orders, either posted through the door or sent by email to food AT fareshares.org.uk — please make sure you include a phone number with your order so that we can call you to arrange collection. Thanks!
Looking forward to seeing you again!