The Gleaning Network, part of Feedback Global, is just one of the great initiatives documented for the Food Is project. The video shows work from 3 gleaning sessions – where on each occasion a dedicated team of volunteers came together to glean around 2-2.5 tonnes of fruit or veg.Watch the video
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The UK Food and Hospitality Sector wastes 1.3 billion meals annually. According to WRAP, the Waste and Resource Action Programme, that’s one in every six meals.
Imagine throwing away one square meal a day– every other day. Aside from the detrimental environmental and ethical implications, the monetary repercussions for the food and hospitality sector are immense.
This shoot was intended to capture what goes on after Sian and the volunteers she has helping her – often just Konstantina, have completed their tour of the New Spitalfields Market, collecting food from vendors that would otherwise go to waste.
FoodCycle’s activities are not limited to the volunteer hubs I have been documenting – the organisation also runs a cafe in Bromley by Bow, which I went to visit on a couple of occasions.
The cafe relies on gathering food that would otherwise be wasted from a variety of sources – including New Spitalfields Market, which is collected early on Saturday mornings.
This is due to supermarket imposed cosmetic standards, and other unfair practices
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