The Surplus Food Network is an alliance of organisations tackling food waste by working with suppliers to distribute surplus to people in need in Brighton & Hove.
The network aims to collect and distribute commercial food surplus for community benefit and advocate for food waste reduction across the food chain.
Other organisations are welcome to join the Network, provided that they agree with our principles, aims and way of working. Please contact us to enquire further.
In Brighton and Hove, there are an estimated 5,100 tonnes of food fit for human consumption being sent to waste from food businesses. That is about 64,287,500 meals per year.
A number of organisations currently do fantastic work by intercepting and redistributing surplus food to community projects and food banks. The Network aims to strengthen the links between these projects so that they can better share resources, build resilience and financial sustainability, and have a stronger voice together to advocate for policies to tackle food waste and social inequality.
Current membership of the network includes FareShare Sussex, the Food Waste Collective, the Real Junk Food Project Brighton, Sussex Economic Support, the Sussex Gleaning Network, UKHarvest and the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership. Our wider network encompasses organisations providing food aid to vulnerable people (including the Food Banks and Emergency Food Network, businesses donating to us, and the volunteers who make this work possible.
Our objectives are to:
- Improve and develop connections with each other, with projects supporting vulnerable people with food provision and with organisations offering advice (debt, housing, benefits etc.).
- Better communicate with residents about the issues of food waste and food poverty and what can be done to address these issues.
- Use our knowledge and experience of people working on interception and distribution and those supporting vulnerable people with food provision to inform policy and improve practices in mainstream organisations.
We are using the above objectives to improve the experiences of our volunteers, to share more nutritious food to the people experiencing life challenges, and ultimately to reduce food waste in the city.
Find out more about each member organisation, and advice on donating or receiving surplus food donations from the Network in the sections below.
1 For more information on UK food waste data, please visit WRAP.
The Surplus Food Network is funded by Brighton & Hove City Council and the Big Lottery Fund.