The Surplus Food Network is an alliance of organisations tackling food waste by working with suppliers to distribute surplus to people in need in Brighton, Hove and surrounding areas.
The network aims to increase the amount of food being saved from going to waste by connecting with each other, local businesses and organisations providing food to vulnerable people.
Membership of the network includes FareShare Sussex, the Food Waste Collective, the Real Junk Food Project Brighton,Sussex Homeless Support, the Sussex Gleaning Network, UKHarvest and is coordinated by Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.
The Network aims to strengthen the links between these projects so that they can better share resources, build resilience and financial sustainability, and have a stronger voice together to advocate for policies to tackle food waste and social inequality.
Our objectives are to:
- Improve and develop connections with each other, with projects supporting vulnerable people with food provision and with organisations offering advice (debt, housing, benefits etc.).
- Better communicate with residents about the issues of food waste and food poverty and what can be done to address these issues.
- Use our knowledge and experience of people working on interception and distribution and those supporting vulnerable people with food provision to inform policy and improve practices in mainstream organisations.
We are using the above objectives to improve the experiences of our volunteers, to share more nutritious food to the people experiencing life challenges, and ultimately to reduce food waste in the city.
The Surplus Food Network is coordinated by the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership. To find out more information including the best way to donate your surplus, visit their website.