Surplus Food

For ideas on how to dispose of surplus food , here are some organisations that can help you to donate food to worthy causes.


They are a mission to eliminate hunger and food waste through education and the redistribution of quality surplus food. Likewise, to provide a framework for food rescue that can be replicated.

Since launching their campaign in March 2017 they have:

(i) Delivered 56,450 meals

(ii)Saved 22,580kg of food

They collect surplus food from all types of food businesses and producers (supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, manufacturers). They distribute food to charities in refrigerated vans (homeless shelters, women’s and men’s refuges, youth centres).

food banks

The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK, where 30 million people live below the poverty line. In the last year they gave 1,182,954 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.

To find your nearest foodbank click here


As a caterer or food supplier, you can donate surplus food to FareShare. This is a non-profit charity.
  • They take non-perishable, in-date food.
  • They distribute food to charities such as homeless shelters, drug misuse recovery centres, older people’s services and breakfast clubs, where it will be eaten by vulnerable people.
 Tesco’s Christmas advert showcases the work they do with FareShare and The Trussell Trust

Wasteknot is on a mission to tie the knot between surplus food and those who need it. They have connections within the food industry and the charity world, and are able to guide and advise the best ways of getting your surplus food to where it is needed most.

Plan Zheroes

Plan Zheroes is a social network where relationships are built between businesses with surplus food and those who can put it to good use. They seek to inspire food businesses to give their surplus food to those who need it, so it will never go to waste. Communication is quick and simple and food reaches those in need safely and conveniently.

Wrap is a charity that works with governments, businesses and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency.

They have developed a toolkit entitled ‘Your Business is Food’ to help caterers reduce food waste. Their video (above) shows how food businesses taking up ‘Your Business is Food’ are able to reduce food thrown away, increase profitability for their business, and help the environment.

Action Hunger

The vending machine is stocked with essentials such as food, clean clothing, toothbrushes and other sanitary products.
The machine is stocked with excess produce donated by supermarkets, such as fresh fruit and sandwiches, as well as other essentials.
The vending machine will only be accessible to homeless people who have been given a key by the local authority.  They will then be able to access free food and clothing at any time of day.
The charity, Action Hunger, hopes to have the vending machines in every town or city.
For more information click here (