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 and surrounding areas.
The network aims to increase the amount of food being saved from going to waste by connecting with each other, local businesses and organisations providing food to vulnerable people.
In Brighton and Hove, 30,000 tonnes of food a year is wasted by businesses and 39,000 by households.
Membership of the network includes FareShare Sussex, the Food Waste Collective, the Real Junk Food Project Brighton, Sussex Homeless Support, the Sussex Gleaning Network, UKHarvest and is coordinated by Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.
The network would like to increase the amount of surplus food that gets re-distributed in our area. If your food business has surplus why don’t you get in contact with us to see if we can help?
Working with the Surplus Food Network will; improve your corporate social responsibility, create publicity for the beneficial work you are doing with your local community and save money by reducing the amount of waste you have.
Volunteering your time
If you are frustrated by the amount of food that gets wasted, have some time to spare and want to meet like-minded people why don’t you volunteer for us? Each organisation has volunteer vacancies
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.
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.
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.
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.