Food Connect

Food Connect helps to bridge the ‘final mile’ between food retailers and the community, using super-efficient, zero-emission vehicles to deliver surplus food to community fridges.

Our story

Food Connect aims to redistribute food that is perfectly good to eat but would otherwise go to waste. We are using two e-cargo bikes and an e-van to trial the zero-emissions service in Milton Keynes.

Each year, the Community Fridge Network of 100 fridges redistributes 975 tonnes of food surplus (equivalent to 1.9 million meals!), benefitting 77,500 people.

One of the biggest challenges that the Community Fridge Network faces is relying on volunteers to collect surplus food. At times these collections may be late at night, or more than a volunteer can carry.

Food Connect will help bridge the ‘final mile’ between food retailers and the community, as the vehicles will be a super-efficient redistribution service to retailers and help deliver great food to community fridges.

Our advice

  • This service is being trialled in Milton Keynes until spring 2021, after which we will be looking to trial this in other parts of the UK

Our metrics

  • The volume and quality of food surplus redistributed and CO2 saved from using e-vehicles.

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