In the mid 1990’s I was involved in a discussion with the Manager of a local Supermarket. David Moore who now works for Spar gave me a tour of the store he managed and proudly showed off the state of the art CCTV system. As he pressed buttons the various cameras filled our screen with pin sharp images. When the image was of the bins at the back of the store we discussed waste and it became clear that here was a man who was passionate about food waste and ensuring that any food which could not be sold, should be given to people who lacked the resources to purchase food. By the end of that decade a plan was published that argued that if the right funding was in place, there were potentially 15 charities in Brighton & Hove that could help feed people from this surplus food, assuming that along with David’s store, that other stores including wholesalers and even manufacturers got on board. In our first year (2002) we distributed a huge 30 tonnes of food and the reality behind the plan began to emerge. Last year the charity delivered a record amount of 472.5 tonnes of food to 81 community food members (the charities and projects that feed people)!
If you want to know more about how this food is collected, sorted and distributed, or to help fund this vital work, go to the website or call 01273 671111 and speak to Beth.