Where to donate surplus food

We are not a food bank, but can advise you on donating surplus food to a project near you. If you are an individual looking to donate food from your home, please see the section for individuals below. If you want to donate food or other items to a food bank, please visit our directory to find one near you and get in touch directly.

How businesses can donate surplus food

If you are a food businesses, event organiser or organisation anticipating a surplus of food that can be safely donated to a food project, there are a number of actions you can take.

Donate to the Surplus Food Network

Surplus Food Network logoThe Food Partnership coordinates the Brighton & Hove Surplus Food Network, an alliance of projects working together to intercept surplus food and redistribute it to people in need.

To donate to the projects in the network, please fill out the enquiry form below with as much information as possible. We will get back to you at our earliest opportunity with advice and signposting.

Donating at weekends

Please note that we cannot always deal with your surplus (as much as we would like to!).  The network is mainly run by volunteers who donate their time. We don’t answer our emails over the weekend, so if you have surplus that needs eating/collecting between Friday afternoon and Monday morning, you may want to consider donating to Sussex Homeless Support.  Please post on their Facebook page the surplus you have available.

We can also advise you on donating to a local food bank, or to one of the city’s supported accommodation schemes, which can often accept perishable and ready to eat food donations outside of daytime hours. However it’s always better if you can arrange this in advance, so if you have an event please get in touch beforehand if possible.

Use food sharing apps

Cafes and restaurants could consider using an app called ‘Too Good To Go‘ which sells meals at a reduced price to people before they become surplus. Businesses can also use the OLIO app to donate their surplus.

Donate to your local community fridge

You could also think about donating to a Community Fridge – there is one at Phoenix Community Centre and one at Whitehawk Inn.

For more information on legal and food safety advice, please visit WRAP’s guidance on surplus food donation for the Hospitality Sector.

What about food waste that is no longer edible?

If you have food waste which is no longer edible, consider donating it to generate renewable energy with BHESCo when their new plant opens.

Other ways to tackle food waste

There are lots of ways businesses can reduce their food waste which both saves money and benefits the environment – see our resources for businesses on tackling food waste.

If you are an individual

To donate surplus food from home, particularly if it is perishable or in opened packaging, please download the Olio Food-Sharing App, share on Food-Sharing Facebook groups in West Hove and surrounding areas, central Brighton and east Brighton, or share your offer on Freegle. If you want to donate food or other items to a food bank, please visit our directory to find one near you and get in touch directly. If you think your home/garden/allotment donation will be suitable for a charitable food project, please fill out the form below.

Food donation enquiry form





Contact name (required)

Business/ event name

Email address

Telephone number

What food are you looking to donate? Please give details including amount and volume:

Is the food past its best before/sell by date? Please note that food past its use by date cannot be donated.
in datepast best before/ sell by dateunsure

Can you deliver the donation to a suitable food project:
yesnounsure

If you can't deliver, where and when is it available?

Please give details on the likely frequency of your donation:
one-offregular basisunsure

Preferred method of contact
emailphone

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