Food surplus redistribution charity, The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT) is currently working with Durham County Council as part of their planned expansion across the North East. For just £7.50, TBBT fills members’ shopping bags with a minimum of £35 worth of goods made up of quality fresh food and store cupboard staples from supermarkets. The scheme aims to make life more affordable for people on a low income, reduce food waste and build stronger communities by using an innovative and self-sustaining approach to the redistribution of surplus food and non-food items.
Food surplus occurs when the supply of food exceeds demand and there are many different reasons for this:
Waste and resources charity WRAP highlight the scale of the problem of food wastage in the UK. Their research shows:
The benefits of reducing food waste are huge: