FOOD Club Coordinator for Bristol and the South West, Simon Green (pictured above), puts the work of Bristol’s FOOD Clubs into context, describing the network of organisations that have come together to make the project work. FOOD Clubs are a partnership with Family Action, Fareshare South West, Feeding Bristol, Early Years and Children’s Centres services. The Children’s Kitchen and Incredible Edible Bristol will also bring expertise in cooking and growing.
Nick Haigh, Coordinator of Bristol Gleaning Network, shares some of the work the network is doing to glean surplus fruit and vegetables from farms in and around Bristol – gleaning is an activity where volunteers harvest human edible surplus from farms. Nick is looking to connect with local food projects who can benefit from the redistribution of this food, as well as from producers and potential volunteers.
The Too Good To Go food waste app is used by Bristol businesses such as The Bristol Loaf and Bosco Pizzeria, as well as national chains in the city to prevent food waste. Too Good To Go’s Regional Lead for the South West and Wales, Melissa Meakins, calls on food businesses and the citizens of Bristol to use such apps to fight food waste.
FoodCycle Bristol volunteer Ed Oswald writes the latest Bristol Bites Back Better blog about how the organisation have had to adapt their work in this unprecedented year, and how they are using surplus food to feed up to 100 Bristolians each week. This Christmas Food Cycle ask that we all consider what surplus food we might be able to donate, whether to charities or by using an app like OLIO, or to help out as a volunteer.
In our latest blog post, Bristol food waste chef and educator Shane Jordan shares his thoughts about helping Bristol residents reduce their food waste, encouraging awareness around buying, storing and recycling food. Supporting Bristol’s local economy and trying to buy fresh locally produced food is also incredibly important for Shane.
Lexi Lichtenstein, Sustainability Officer at Arthur David, Food with Service, writes our latest blog post. Arthur David is a food wholesaler based in Bristol who supply many of Bristol’s restaurants with produce and who are encouraging their customers to make the most of every part of the pumpkin this year to reduce waste. Did you know that a whopping 12.8 million pumpkins are predicted to go to waste in the UK this year?
Dominic Knight is a Bristol resident and allotment holder. After finding himself with surplus this season he contacted FoodCycle Bristol and begun taking them weekly donations. Realising the potential within his own allotment group he set up a donation shed to allow others to contribute surplus as well. In our latest blog post, Dominic considers the potential for this concept to take hold across the city.
Katie Powell and Fiona Jarvis from environmental consultancy and Bristol Going for Gold partner Resource Futures consider the benefits of closed-loop systems. These are essentially systems that help the city conserve resources – and money – designing out unnecessary pollution and waste and treating anything that remains as a resource, not waste.