Feeding bellies not bins
At Suma we have been working on ways to keep our food waste to as close to zero as possible for some time now. This is done in a variety of ways, obviously we have systems in place that aim to only buy what we need, and keep stock rotated to keep on top of dates.
However even with the best systems in the world there would still be damaged stock, and items that do not sell before nearing their best before date. We try to use these products up in our staff canteen where possible, and after this we send the leftovers to our friends at The Real Junk Food Project. If you have not heard of this network before, they are truly inspiring. They are addressing the shocking issue of food waste head on by intercepting food destined for landfill and using it to cook delicious meals in their Pay as You Feel Cafes. If you are ever nearby a café you could do worse than checking out what they are up to.
Here are some bits of info which shows what we gave them by food type and by month. For anyone wondering what happened in November, our soup supplier had made WAY too much and we offered to take it, we managed to sell a lot before it came up to its date, the rest we gave to The Real Junk Food Project!
- Since Dec 2014 they have intercepted 5064.24 KG of food and drink from us
- The category we had most of was tinned and store cupboard items
- The month we donated the most was November 2015
It has really made us think more about the food we eat and how much we throw away, I know many of us are more conscious of what we do now at home too. I for one actually love seeing what I have in the cupboards and fridge and getting creative rather than throwing away odds and ends, soup is usually the end result!