A drop-in community larder offering free food to Sidmouth residents is being trialled from now until the end of the year.
Residents are being urged to take the surplus in-date free food, that cannot be used by foodbanks.
Sidmouth residents can now pick-up free food from Monday to Friday, 9am until 12 noon, from Sidmouth Voluntary Services (SVS) headquarters at Twyford House, in Coburg Road near the Triangle Bus Stop.
The SAVE hub, set up to fight food waste in East Devon, has teamed up with Sidmouth Voluntary Services (SVS) to launch the new pop-in larder.
Sidmouth Voluntary Services will aim to post photos of available food on its Facebook page.
Fresh bread, fruit, vegetables and more, will be on offer to anyone who can make use of it, initially on a trial basis until December 2020.
The project is a result of a partnership between SAVE food hub, Sidmouth Voluntary Services and supermarkets in the town including the Co-op and Waitrose.
A further invitation for Sidmouth residents to claim free food has been made on Mondays, from a volunteer’s home, and on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, from 8.30pm, at Sidmouth Dissenters Chapel, on the junction of All Saints Road and High Strret, opposite Tesco.
Robert Crick at the Dissenter of Sidmouth Community Centre has given permission for SAVE food hub to use the chapel as an evening base.
Pick-ups start at approximately 8.45pm and the team aims to distribute all the food by 9.30pm at the latest. All items will be listed via the Olio sharing app.
Aileen Heal, SAVE food hub trustee, said: “Don’t think that this isn’t for you – we already give as much food as possible to local food banks and community projects.
“We need more people to request food from us that the food banks can’t use. We’re talking perfectly good, in-date food that has required energy, water, labour, manufacturing, packaging and transport to get to our shelves – it’s a huge environmental problem if we let that all go to waste.”
Rich Allen, Sidmouth coordinator for SAVE food hub, said: “This has been a real team effort and I’d like to say a big thank you to the Sidmouth Voluntary Services trustees for supporting the trial and to all the staff at SVS for going above and beyond to support this idea.
“The supermarkets have also been so supportive and flexible to make sure the project runs smoothly.
“We hope to see as many people as possible getting involved and look forward to saving lots of good, in-date food from going to waste in Sidmouth.”
He added: “Sidmouth Voluntary Services is also open for morning coffee, so people collecting food can combine the two and help fight food waste while enjoying a morning cuppa.”
In the last four weeks, SAVE food hub has prevented more than three tonnes of food from being wasted in East Devon, but says ‘there is even more that could be done’.
To download the Olio sharing app, or create an account, see here.
- SAVE food hub is actively looking for more volunteers. If you are interested in joining the team, email: firstname.lastname@example.org