Food Connect

Third Sector • Milton Keynes

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.

  • Zero-emmisions fleet.
  • Connecting communities with food retailers.

Our story

Food Connect aims to redistribute food that is perfectly good to eat but would otherwise go to waste. Currently using two e-cargo bikes and an e-van to offer this zero-emissions service in Milton Keynes. Annually, the 200-strong Community Fridge Network redistributes around 5,712 tonnes of surplus food, that's the equivalent of 13.6 million meals*! and welcomes over 375,000 visitors

Community fridges also do so much more than redistribute food, they help people to share skills, stuff and make friends! Find out more about our impact here: https://www.hubbub.org.uk/the-community-fridge

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 helps bridge the 'final mile' between food businesses and the community.

In its first six months Food Connect:
* Saved 109 tons of food from landfill (260K meals)
* Created 6 green jobs
* Saved 1.7 tonnes of transport emissions
* Saved at least 36 tonnes Green House Gas emissions associated with food

Food Connect currently (October 2021) collects c.5 tonnes of food and redistributes this to over 900 households via six community fridges every week.

Our advice

This pilot service which has been running in Milton Keynes between September 2020 and February 2021 is now an established, successful service. The team are very excited to share their learnings and develop the model in other parts of the UK.

Our metrics

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

Feeling inspired? Discover more about this story...

Location

Milton Keynes

Response to climate crisis

Mitigation

Reach

City

Organisation

Third Sector, 10 to 49 people

Shared by

Helen Innes

Updated Feb, 2024

Recommended for you

  • Global Generation
    Greater London

    Global Generation

    Co-creating urban gardens in three London boroughs.

    Food & Agriculture
  • Stronger Roots
    Manchester

    Stronger Roots

    Turning urban growing spaces into gathering places for different communities to enjoy.

    Food & Agriculture
  • Magic Hat Café and Kitchen
    NE England

    Magic Hat Café and Kitchen

    Bringing people together to tackle the food waste problem in the North East.

    Food & Agriculture
  • FareShare South West
    SW England

    FareShare South West

    Connecting the dots between food poverty and waste from Gloucestershire to Cornwall.

    Food & Agriculture