Every year in the UK 18 million tonnes of food end up in landfill, with an annual value of £23 billion. This cost is rising rapidly due to soaring prices.

This causes massive environmental damage and landfill costs to dispose of it all.

Knowing that there are many people, groups and families on low incomes or homeless who are unable to afford “healthy” foods, living in food poverty, Transition Worcester recognised the problem and decided to start Worcester Food Rescue.

Worcester Food Rescue collects surplus food from two Worcester supermarkets and Pret a Manger and distributes it to local charities, thus reducing waste food and helping local charities in their daily operations. Since the start in April 2017 we have collected and distributed more than £17,500 worth of surplus food in Worcester alone.

Locally we support Acorns Children’s Hospice, St Richards Hospice, the YMCA and St Paul’s hostel, however we are looking for more recipients to help. Please contact us at the email address below if your organisation would like to be considered.

This initiative follows in the footsteps of the successful Felix project in London and Bristol. Similar initiatives are happening all over the country, so we can try to stop the wastage of food.

We rely for our work on volunteers, of which we can never have enough.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact us on foodrescue-coord@oldnorthstables.org.uk or through our website at oldnorthstables.org.uk