Bubble and Squeak – a social enterprise run by school children

In this episode I speak to some of the children who run the social enterprise Bubble and Squeak, at their school in West London – selling surplus food in the school playground and to the local community.

The initiative is led by around 400 children aged 5 to 12 years old, and aims to take edible surplus food such as fruit and vegetables from local businesses, markets and supermarkets, to then redistribute it to the local community on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.

I visited the children at their school just before they were about to start a crowdfunding campaign last year, which ended up being very successful, to hear their thoughts about food waste and details of the work they are doing. I then spoke to Lidia, their teacher and one of the project leads for Bubble and Squeak, who shares more about how the social enterprise works, and the impact it’s having.

If you would like to find out more about the work the kids are doing, you can visit their site at bubblesqueakeat.com

People and Organisations Mentioned

City Harvest



Gleaning Network

City Pitch

Real Junk Food Project

Plan Zheroes


Image: Vegetables donated by a stall at Borough Market which might otherwise have gone to waste, but instead was redistributed to local charities and soup kitchens © Chris King / foodiswasted.com