Preventing food from being thrown away in the first place is top priority. However, sometimes surplus food arises due to over-ordering, changing demand and even the weather!
If you find that you have surplus food which is still edible, consider redistributing it to people in need through one of the organisations or food sharing apps below.
Organisations redistributing surplus food
FoodCycle collect and cook surplus fruit and veg, bread, pastries and cakes, dairy products, store cupboard/ ambient foods and flowers from local organisations including Sainsbury’s, the City Foodbank, Cambridge Crop Share, the Cambridge Fruit and Veg Company and Lensfield Road Farmer’s Market.
For further information about donating your surplus food to FoodCycle, email Vib and Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org (include ‘for the attention of Vib/ Gordon’ in your email subject line).
Cambridge Sustainable Food partnered with The Edge Cafe on Mill Road to install the city’s first Community Fridge in 2017.
Organisations and individuals can donate unwanted food to the fridge, which can then be collected free by anyone in need.
The Cambridge Community Fridge is part of a national network which aims to help people connect with their local communities, access nutritious food, save money and reduce waste.
The fridge is open to donate or take items between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday and between 9am and 4pm on Saturdays. Find out more about the fridge here.
Cambridge City Foodbank
Cambridge City Foodbank collects food for emergency distribution to people in need across eight food banks in the city. Operating since 2010, the food bank has distributed over 4,500 emergency three-day food parcels in the last year alone.
You can donate non-perishable, in date and unopened items. All goods should be of a size suitable for packing into food boxes – no catering sizes please. For more information on what items are needed now and how to donate, visit https://cambridgecity.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/
Food sharing apps
To make an item available, simply open the app, add a photo, description and when and where the item is available for pick up. Depending on how much surplus food you have, Olio might even be able to find a volunteer to collect and redistribute your surplus.
Find out more at https://olioex.com
Too Good to Go
Too Good To Go fights food waste by giving stores a platform to sell their surplus food. Sign up and give it a try!
Visit https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/about-us to find out more.