Tuesday 10.00am - 12.00pm Thursday 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm Saturday 10.00am -12.00pm
Thousands of tonnes of food is needlessly being thrown away by businesses and individuals everyday just because it is close to or has reached its Best Before Date. At Best Before Project - Bury St Edmunds our aim is to redistribute surplus food, that has reached its Best Before date, but is still good to eat, to ensure that it is not wasted.
Early in 2017 we applied for a grant from the local council to set up our project and 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 project is a member of “Fare-share” and every week we pick up fresh produce from a number of supermarkets including Tesco, Waitrose and ASDA and from a number of other local businesses, produce that they will not be able to sell the next day (eg: bread, pastries, fruit, veg, herbs etc) and redistribute it through our shop.
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 open the shop on Tuesdays and Fridays to a queue of people passionate about reducing food waste and we have also become a life-line to many individuals and families in the area who are struggling on low incomes and appreciate being able t access good food at low cost.
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' outlets (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.