… making sense of food waste …
It is a shocking to know that 1/3 of all the food produced globally ends up being wasted, and 25% of the world’s fresh water supply and an area equal to the size of China is used to produce food that will never be eaten. Food waste contributes 4.4 billion tons of annual greenhouse emissions annually.
Food Revival has spent 6 years working in Leeds to collect surplus food from retailers and producers and finding innovative ways of putting it to good use. We are part of a food education programme for the next generation and aim to stimulate debate about surplus food and its usage.
This is our local contribution to a global problem.
…what can be done with food waste…
The surplus food we receive is all in good condition, usable and capable of nourishing and sustaining families. The environment is suffering from food waste. There are people in our cities who are suffering from food poverty and children who are too hungry to learn effectively in school.
We currently work with 30 primary schools across Leeds and Bradford supplying each with 7 crates of food a week to the benefit of 10,000 staff, schoolchildren and their families. We are proud that this food is delivered in support of the food waste and global sustainability education programme delivered by Rethink Food and that food goes on to be offered to school communities on mindful donation basis.
We supply over 100 family friendly Food Revival Boxes, containing enough food for four, per week in exchange for a contribution to our overheads only.
We share food, free of charge, with other social enterprises and Pay As You Feel cafes in Leeds and Bradford.
We are committed to offering reliable access to food to children and communities throughout the school holidays. Schools can ask for deliveries 52 weeks of the year and we support holiday hunger and healthy holiday programmes across both cities.
Our Food Revival Market Hall offers food to the public, without referral, to anyone and everyone.
Our events team offer environmentally friendly catering at wedding, parties, business meetings and other gatherings. As well as being huge fun and privilege to cater for people, events offer a great way for us to showcase just what is possible with surplus food - still fit for use, still of quality and still very, very nutritious.
All our food is offered in return for some thought about how it has arrived with us and what value it still has – donations based on that thought of money, time or skills are always welcome.
… why we need your support …
We have worked hard to meet our own costs on our day to day operations but we have reached a point where we need a little help to intercept even more usable food waste. This is our first Food Revival crowdfunder and we are excited about why we need it right now. Here is why:-
We have an amazing team of volunteers who are dedicated to our cause and see the social benefit we can deliver as a result of our environmental work. We have a range of food producers, distributors and supermarkets from whom we intercept food and that network is expanding.
We currently intercept a minimum of 1 TONNE OF FOOD EVERY DAY but that amount is set to rise which will mean we can offer even more food, to even more children and families, across our cities and communities. However, key to that increased supply of food is improving our refrigerated storage space to keep it in great condition.
We would like to take at least double the amount of food we currently intercept - a new fridge and freezer will allow us to do that. Our aim is to get modern and energy efficient refrigeration to give us greater capacity and an easier working environment for our volunteers.
Increased storage and more food will mean we can offer food to a wider range of people. Once we double our interceptions we hope to establish at least one hub in another area of Leeds or Bradford to offer easy access to food in more communities.
Our goal of £10,000 will help us to buy one fridge and freezer and immediately allow us to stop even more perfectly usable food from being wasted.
...your support means alot to us.....
Food Revival love the work we do and are committed to making a difference to the environment,schools and families in Leeds and Bradford - we want to do more of what we already do well.
Your pledge will allow us to do this and your support will mean that over the next few years you will be part of improving the environment and supporting schoolchildren and families across Leeds and Bradford. Once you have donated, you are involved in doing all that amazing stuff, every day, before you even get out of bed!
... please share our campaign ...
Please help us reach our target by sharing our campaign. We would love it if you could tell your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours about Food Revival and our goal of raising £10,000 so we can intercept and re-distribute even more surplus food. Please share our Crowdfunder page by email, Facebook, Twitter or any digital means. Good old fashioned word of mouth or a letter would be great too!
Many thanks from all the team at Food Revival and our community.