Our suppliers let us know they have surplus food. It’s fresh and nutritious, but it will go to waste if someone can’t find a use for it.
We pick up the food and take it to one of our depots.
Our volunteers sort through the food we collect to make sure the food is of good quality.
We deliver the food to charities all over London.
The charities we deliver to use the food to prepare meals or provide snacks. Not only do we provide them with high quality food but we save our charities money, which they can spend on supporting people in other ways.
The food we deliver is made into nutritious meals or snacks for groups such as the homeless, the elderly, those with mental health issues, sufferers of domestic violence, and many more.
Vulnerable people all over London get a healthy meal
Food poverty means that an individual or household isn’t able to obtain healthy, nutritious food, or can’t get the food they want to eat. In London alone it’s estimated that at least 100,000 people live in food poverty.
Food poverty is bad for your health; if you don’t have much money for food, you tend to buy the cheapest food you can. When you can’t get healthy food, the results can be malnutrition or obesity, not to mention a host of associated problems. And the scandal is that while we know that many of our fellow citizens have an inadequate diet, every day tonnes of good, fresh food is thrown away.
That’s where the Felix Project is going to make an impact. Among the people who suffer the very worst diets are those who rely on the support of charities; the homeless, people suffering from mental illness, women in refuges, children, and the elderly. Often the organisations which feed them have limited food budgets, which is why the Felix Project is signing these organisations up as our customers. We will collect food from supermarkets and wholesalers and give it, free of charge, to the charities.
Result? The charities save money, there is less food waste and – most importantly of – the poorest in society get better food.
Every day, across the UK, around the back of supermarkets, at food wholesale depots, in food factories and farmers’ yards, tonnes of good food is thrown away. It’s a scandal which has been happening in plain sight for decades.
The food industry doesn’t waste food deliberately; it costs it money in lost profits. But it’s estimated that in Britain we threw away 10 million tonnes of food last year. The reasons for wastage are complex but the solution seems simple. Isn’t it obvious that if we could just collect that food and give it to those in need, it would make more sense than throwing it away?
There’s one city where a start has been made on doing just that. In 2009 the Oxford Food Bank started collecting food from supermarkets and giving it to charities. The organisation, which has over 100 volunteers, has grown year on year and in 2015 gave food worth £1.5 million to charities. The Felix Project is going to do in London what the Oxford Food Bank does in its home city. It’s a big job and we’re going to need the help of many volunteers to drive our vans and make collections and deliveries – but the prize is a fairer London where more people get a decent diet and less good food gets thrown away. Fighting food waste is a way of showing that we care about our environment – and our fellow Londoners.
Whether you are a food supplier looking to reduce food waste or a volunteer who wants to help people in need, we’d love to hear from you.