The Journey of Food Surplus from Booker

Booker Wholesale is the UK’s leading food and drink wholesaler to independent businesses including convenience stores, pubs and restaurants.  Booker Brighton is conveniently located next door to the FareShare Sussex warehouse and offices in Moulsecoomb and has been supporting us with food donations since the beginning of 2019.

Support from Booker Brighton

Booker Brighton support FareShare Sussex in a number of ways which include passing on their surplus food, taking our recycling and providing us with several much needed parking spaces free of charge. Like all food suppliers, Booker sometimes has food that ends up being unsellable. This occurs for a variety of reasons, from sell by dates, shopping preferences altering demand or damaged packaging. Booker Brighton always does whatever they can to help reduce their food waste and help the local community. This is why they have chosen to work with FareShare Sussex and ensure that their food which is fit for consumption can be redistributed to make a difference in people’s lives

We will always do whatever we can to help reduce our food waste and help our local community. This is why we have chosen to work with FareShare Sussex and ensure that our food surplus can be redistributed to make a difference in people’s lives

Catherine Marston, Sustainability Manager at Booker

Currently, FareShare Sussex collects food from Booker four times a week. The goods vary week to week, but all of it contributes to providing nutritious meals to vulnerable people in Sussex and Surrey. To date 8.5 tonnes of food has been donated – the equivalent of 20,238 meals. Helping to tackle food waste and provide food for approximately 122 charities and projects in Sussex and Surrey.

In June we followed the journey of a food collection from Booker Brighton. The food donated varied from dairy, fresh meat, bread and fresh fruit and vegetables. Over a 48 hour period the food was distributed to 18 different community projects, the majority in Brighton and Hastings. These projects mainly provided hot meals and food parcels to vulnerable people.

Where did the food go?

Fresh Start, one of the beneficiaries, is a community organisation that aims to address social isolation. The food they receive from FareShare is used to provide food bags that contain essential food. Through Booker’s donation of food Fresh Start received lettuce and white sliced bread.

The food surplus collected from Booker Brighton

“All the families who receive a food bag are in challenging situations. The food that we are able to provide for them through FareShare relieves them of some of the pressure they are currently facing. Fresh produce such as lettuce provides one of their five a day, something which otherwise may not be possible to purchase. Bread, potentially will give children toast before school, and is always a much appreciated carbohydrate.”

Julie, Fresh Start

The Bevy, another beneficiary, is a community run and owned pub that runs a weekly community café and lunch club. The food they receive through FareShare is used to make hot meals for the community lunch and for the lunch clubs. Through Booker’s donation of food, The Bevy received white sliced bread, mushrooms and avocados.

“Last week we made guacamole and garlic mushrooms to go on the meze plates for our community lunches, non-profit meals for anyone to come and enjoy every lunch-time. The sliced white bread was served at our Friday friends lunch club, where we transport and feed local pensioners each week. FareShare allows us to continue serving healthy, nutritious meals cooked from scratch to the local community on a daily basis”

Baz, The Bevy

Thank you Booker Brighton for the continual support!