It is estimated that we waste around 30% of all food produced for human consumption. This wasted food has taken a tsunami of fresh water, land and labour to produce, not to mention pointlessly wasted energy, emissions and fertilisers / polluted runoff. Friends of the Earth say - if it were a country, food waste would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the world.
SOFEA ( https://www.sofea.uk.com/ ) is an Oxfordshire-based organisation aiming to give local, excluded young people a fresh start and in the process provide a range of services including around 20 Community Larders in Oxfordshire (working with fareshare.org.uk). For a small fee ANYONE interested in preventing food waste or saving money on food bills can join the project. There are no conditions for membership. This food comes direct from the warehouses of the big Supermarkets to the SOFEA warehouse in Didcot. It was destined for the skip without ever seeing a retail shop! This food is different from the food banks or community fridges/Pump House project; they run in parallel. The Larder in Wantage re-distributed 1.7 TONS of food in November alone.
Over the last few weeks, Faringdon Council has started running a Community Larder in the Corn Hall every Tuesday Afternoon. Costs are a one off £10 fee to join SOFEA and a £3.50 weekly subscription for the larder paid by direct debit. Get more details from SOFEA's website and sign-up on line at https://www.sofea.uk.com/purpose-projects/community-larder/. Come along to the Corn Hall between 2:30 and 4:00 any Tuesday to have a free tea and a look around or drop us a mail for more details.
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