Donated food shared among charities

Volunteer Mei-Wah who is co-ordinating the food distribution operation

Volunteer Mei-Wah who is co-ordinating the food distribution operation

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Food that would otherwise have gone to waste was shared out to charities and community groups to help people in need.

The Food Waste Collective distributed packages last week to 38 groups who serve the area’s homeless, vulnerable and crisis-hit.

Infinity Foods and other businesses donated foods including fresh fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, lentils and Basmati rice, often pulled from sale only due to damaged packaging.

The collective’s Saskia Wesnigk-Wood said demand for emergency supplies was growing.

She said: “The economy is creating more and more people who look to charity and community groups, and all the community groups don’t get as much funding as they used to “All the food that we distributed – three palette-fulls – could have all ended up in landfill, so we are making a very, very big difference.”

It was the fourth such distribution for the volunteer-run collective, which hopes to run the event four times a year.

Volunteers distributed the food from the Old Municipal Market in Circus Street, Brighton, and also delivered them to groups who could not pick-up.

Email: foodwastecollective@gmail.com for more information.

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6:25am Tue 19 Aug 14

Tr1stan says...

Wonderful community support :-)
Wonderful community support :-) Tr1stan
  • Score: 9

6:51am Tue 19 Aug 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

Wonderful idea! Hope it works! I waste so much food myself and feel guilty.

As a vegetarian I am pleased Infinity Foods Are getting involved.
Wonderful idea! Hope it works! I waste so much food myself and feel guilty. As a vegetarian I am pleased Infinity Foods Are getting involved. Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: 2

10:19am Tue 19 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

A surprising number of retailers refuse point blank to take part in schemes like this, preferring instead to deliberately spoil food first, and then put it into landfill.

I'm not going to mention any names, but a large high street food retailer and a large supermarket chain (both, coincidentally founded by Jews- although I don't think that has anything to do with their reasons) are particularly to blame.

Wasting food in this way not only uses landfill, it also encourages vermin. Perhaps the Argus could organize a scheme where local retailers who ARE prepared to participate could be given large stickers for their shop windows so that those of us who can afford to can shop with them?
A surprising number of retailers refuse point blank to take part in schemes like this, preferring instead to deliberately spoil food first, and then put it into landfill. I'm not going to mention any names, but a large high street food retailer and a large supermarket chain (both, coincidentally founded by Jews- although I don't think that has anything to do with their reasons) are particularly to blame. Wasting food in this way not only uses landfill, it also encourages vermin. Perhaps the Argus could organize a scheme where local retailers who ARE prepared to participate could be given large stickers for their shop windows so that those of us who can afford to can shop with them? Goldenwight
  • Score: 5

10:37am Tue 19 Aug 14

wippasnapper says...

Goldenwight wrote:
A surprising number of retailers refuse point blank to take part in schemes like this, preferring instead to deliberately spoil food first, and then put it into landfill.

I'm not going to mention any names, but a large high street food retailer and a large supermarket chain (both, coincidentally founded by Jews- although I don't think that has anything to do with their reasons) are particularly to blame.

Wasting food in this way not only uses landfill, it also encourages vermin. Perhaps the Argus could organize a scheme where local retailers who ARE prepared to participate could be given large stickers for their shop windows so that those of us who can afford to can shop with them?
“Sainsbury’s” see I don't care I'll name the tight ****
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: A surprising number of retailers refuse point blank to take part in schemes like this, preferring instead to deliberately spoil food first, and then put it into landfill. I'm not going to mention any names, but a large high street food retailer and a large supermarket chain (both, coincidentally founded by Jews- although I don't think that has anything to do with their reasons) are particularly to blame. Wasting food in this way not only uses landfill, it also encourages vermin. Perhaps the Argus could organize a scheme where local retailers who ARE prepared to participate could be given large stickers for their shop windows so that those of us who can afford to can shop with them?[/p][/quote]“Sainsbury’s” see I don't care I'll name the tight **** wippasnapper
  • Score: 4

11:28am Tue 19 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

I wonder what Janice Atkinson will say about the woman in the picture?
I wonder what Janice Atkinson will say about the woman in the picture? notslimjim
  • Score: 0

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