Best Before - Still Good After
Best Before Project Bury St Edmunds
To everyone who is looking at our page, supports our project, visits the shop, and to all those who volunteer by working in the shop and collecting food, or those who donate and have a shared interest in our work (past, present and into the future). We thought we would let you know the position the shop is in during COVID-19.
Firstly, we hope you are all coping as well as can be expected in these unprecedented times.
We made the decision to close the shop after our slot on Friday 20th March. We felt we were unable to keep open such a small space safely, regarding social distancing. The food we get from supermarkets via FareShare is, for the time being, being allocated to other local projects, so it is still being accessed by community groups, which is really good to know.
We are having virtual weekly meetings to discuss the project, and see how and in what form we can go forward, following government updates.
We are aware that many of you who use the shop will be missing it greatly; we understand this and are keen to resume, but we must be mindful that safety is a top priority for our customers and our volunteer staff. We are looking at other ideas, such as pop-up venues, relocation, etc., but have nothing concrete to relay to you at this time.
Please rest secure in the knowledge that the Best Before Project is still "live". We will be back when we can do so safely, and we are working in the background and with other projects and initiatives.
We will now keep you updated each month and sooner (we hope).
Thank you for your support.
Best wishes and take care,
Best Before Project - Bury St Edmunds
Dear friends and supporters of our shop. Please read the following below.
Policy on pay as you feel and taking food from the shop
The main aim of the Best Before Project is to ensure that edible food is diverted from being thrown away, however we realise that we are also a very important community asset supporting people who are on low incomes and in vulnerable housing situations.
In order to continue the valued work of the project we need to be able to cover the costs of running the shop and some volunteer expenses, for example training and longer journeys to collect food donations.
In order for the shop to become self funding, from April in 2019 we will be asking all users of the shop to make a minimum donation of £1 per bag of food that they take. If users are able to make larger donations, then this is encouraged and very much appreciated.
We realise that this is a change in policy, but feel that the amount we are requesting is still small and given the number of people coming in to the shop this should provide enough money to cover the overheads of running the shop. In addition, some of the longer journeys are bringing in food of a very high quality which we feel a donation should be made for.
If users of the shop are unhappy with the change of policy, they are welcome to contact the core management team to discuss the decision through the contact form on the website, or by leaving their details in the shop for someone to call them back.
Any abuse of shop volunteers will not be tolerated and will result in an immediate ban from the shop.
The removal of food from the shop without making a donation will be treated as theft and will result in an immediate ban from the shop.
Failure to respect bans from the shop may result in the police being called.
I hope you can appreciate all that we are doing, donating our time and transport costs that we pay for out of our own pockets to bring you this valuable non-profit service.
Thank you very much for your continues support :-)
Who We Are
Here at the Best Before Project - Bury St Edmunds, we are a driven group of individuals from all walks of life, joined together by our passion for stopping food from being wasted when it is still perfectly good to eat. We want to have our part in making the world a better place for all by reducing food waste and educating people about the Best Before Label.
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If you feel able to help us either with your time in the shop on the Tuesday morning or with the collection of food from Tesco on the Monday evening, we would love to have you on board.
Or maybe you are able to help by connecting with your local shop or store, asking them if they could help us with ambient produce or items passed their Best Before date.
By clicking the button you will be able to download a letter to take to your local store/shop, asking them for their support.
What We Do
Reducing Food Waste - Education within the Community
Best Before Project - Bury St Edmunds aims to educate the public in our local community regarding food waste and the Best Before label and how people and organisations can actively take part in reducing food waste by collecting those food items from our shop.
Food Collection from our Shop
Every Tuesday from
10 AM - 2 PM
Come and visit us at the shop every Tuesday morning between 10 AM and 2 PM to choose your food items on a "pay as you feel" basis.
Donations are much appreciated when possible. It keeps our shop open.
Education on Food Waste
What you can do to help save food from being thrown away
We all can do more to help reduce food waste. The more we understand about labels and what food should smell and look like especially after the best before date on the packaging, the better we will be able to make decisions on what we can still safely use and what really is ready to go in the bin.
It all comes down to education.
BBP- a hub for food waste in the community
The Best Before Project BSE hope to become a connection and information point in the community between the public and other food waste orginasations
Contact Best Before Project - Bury St Edmunds
Get in touch with Best Before Project - Bury St Edmunds to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.
We appreciate any unopened ambient food donations. Let us know what you have and we can say if we can have it in our shop.
If you would like to help our project by for example volunteering to collect food items from supermarkets or helping in our shop, we would love to hear from you.
4 Elseys Yard, Risbygate St, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 3AA, UK