The Lambeth Food Partnership is working with the Lambeth Country Show team to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill from the Country Show. With the partnership’s support the Lambeth Country Show has partnered with the food sharing app OLIO to collect and redistribute unsold and surplus food from the vendors to individuals and community organisations across Lambeth.
How does it work?
Food vendors can sign up before and throughout the show to donate unsold or surplus food, reducing the food waste.
OLIO’s volunteers will collect any unsold or surplus food at the end of the day.
The food will be distributed using the OLIO app. The food will go to any person or organisation signed up to the app. Pick up or delivery is arranged with the OLIO volunteer.
A spokesperson said: “We want to make sure that no food is wasted – there are some great organisations in Lambeth who are helping to facilitate this.
The Healthy Living Platform has been signing up people on low incomes in advance of the show. Brixton People’s Kitchen will be in the Food Rescue area of the Eco Village, giving advice on cooking with leftovers and helpful ideas on how to reduce your food waste. Compliments of the House who provide surplus food to over 40 guests daily at Market Row will be in the Food Rescue area with OLIO and The Lambeth Food Partnership.”
How to get involved!
Individuals if you love food, hate waste, care about the environment or want to connect with your local community then download the app to give and get free food or take it a step further by becoming an OLIO volunteer.
Community organisation if you can use food for your community or a project, sign up to OLIO and indicate where you’d like the food delivered to.
Businesses – sign up to OLIO so that volunteers can pick up and redistribute your unsold/ surplus food. Become a member (its free) of the Lambeth Food Partnership to keep in touch with local news and opportunities.
Have an idea? Get in touch!
If you have an idea about how to contribute to the Food Rescue Revolution, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone can be a #lambethfoodcitizen!
Organisations in the Food Rescue area:
The Lambeth Food Partnership works to improve the food system across Lambeth so that everyone can eat well. The partnership works with other organisations so that healthy, sustainable food is accessible to the residents of Lambeth.
OLIO is a free app (mobile & web) that connects neighbours with each other and volunteers with local businesses, so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away.
The Healthy Living Platform works with City Harvest to distribute vegetables that would otherwise be wasted to families on low incomes living in some of the most deprived areas of Lambeth. HLP also works with residents to up-skill them to run their own cook & eat activities, as well as food growing and physical activity sessions.
Brixton People’s Kitchen has been collecting surplus food, creating third spaces using their innovative mobile kitchen bicycle and inviting local people to cook and share a healthy vegetarian dish and ideas worth sharing since 2011. #SharingTastesBetter
Compliments of the House saves and redistributes, for free, all of the incredibly delicious and nutritious food that would otherwise go to landfill whilst serving it with a smile and fostering a community environment.