10 AM - 2 PM
Food Collection from our Shop (on a Pay as you Feel basis)
At Best Before Project - Bury St Edmunds our aim is to distribute food items that have gone by its Best Before date, but are still good to eat. Too much food is being wasted nowadays, not only by us individuals, but also by the big supermarkets.
Early in 2017 we applied for a grant from the local council to set up our project, with a view to using the money to pay for premises. In April 2017 we received a grant for £3400 from our local councillor, David Nettleton. With this money we were able to open our little shop in Elseys Yard on the 22nd August 2017.
The grant paid for one year's rent and, hopefully, rates. The grant also bought us some shelving and the rest is all donated, ie; table, decorations, kettle etc.
The project is run 100% by volunteers.
Our project is a member of “Fare-share” and every week we pick up fresh produce from Tesco in Bury St Edmunds that they will not be able to sell the next day ie; breads, pastries, fruit and veg, herbs etc.
As an organisation, we are fully compliant with the recently published guidelines 'Labeling Guidance: Best practice on food date labelling and storage advice' (WRAP, FSA and DEFRA, November 2017).
We also get produce from the BBP central hub and we have some shops locally that we collect donated food parcels from.
We open the shop on Tuesdays to a queue of people and we have become a life-line to many individuals and families in the area. We are also supported by people who are not using us for economical reasons but are passionate about reducing food waste and want to show their support.
As long as there is waste being generated and put into land-fill we aim to save it from this fate and re-direct it to feeding people. The bulk of UK waste comes from our homes and from “commercial” waste ie; shops, restaurants, work places, the food manufacturing industry etc.
Our project also aims to educate and encourage visitors to our shop on how they can, as individuals and within their families and work places, directly assist in diminishing the needless tonnes of food that are wasted every week in the UK.
We would like to be open more often but to achieve this we need more “stock” ie; "waste food" that will go into land-fill. We pay rent on our shop for every day of every week throughout the year but are only able to open for four hours each week this is a waste of our “rent money” and we would love to be able to open, at least, twice a week in the very near future, and for this to happen we also need more hands to help!
At present we have a volunteer core group of around six people. We very much welcome more volunteers so if you feel you or anyone you know may like to help then please point them in our direction. There is lots to do! Exciting projects to initiate! Meeting like-minded people! Having fun! Saving the planet! And saving people!