Surplus Meals Project

Surplus Meals Project

According to the waste and recycling advisory body (Wrap). UK households binned £13bn worth of food in 2015 that could have been eaten....

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According to the waste and recycling advisory body (Wrap). UK households binned £13bn worth of food in 2015 that could have been eaten. Wrap revealed that an estimated 7.3m tonnes of household food waste was thrown away in 2015 – up from 7m tonnes in 2012. Of the food thrown away, 4.4m tonnes was deemed to be “avoidable” waste that was edible at some point before it was put in the bin or food waste caddy – such as bread that goes mouldy – compared with 4.2m tonnes in 2012. It is estimated the total UK post farm-gate food and drink waste is around 10 million tonnes per year, 60% of which could have been avoided. This has a value of over £17 billion a year, and is associated with around 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In the hospitality and food service sector in the UK -  a total of 3,415,000 tonnes of waste is disposed of in the food sector every year, of which:

- 1,473,000 tonnes are sent for disposal.

- 600,000 tonnes (41%) of the waste from pubs, restaurants, hotels and quick service restaurants is food waste.

The food sector produces 0.4 million tonnes of avoidable food waste per annum, a further 0.2 million tonnes of unavoidable food waste is produced every year.

Business Case:

To minimise food wastage and provide a solution for perishable food items to be sold and distributed

Solution: 

A mobile app which features a real time excess food management solution for corporate events where surplus food leftover is collected and distributed to food banks and homeless shelters for a volume based fee. The fee's will be reinvested back into the organisation for future support of food banks. Using location tagging,  users will be able to instantly call upon " helpers" to collect and re-distibute the food items.