Scotland’s first excess food shop opens to tackle 1.35 million tonnes of yearly waste
7th Febuary 2019
The Food Sharing Hub on Edinburgh’s Bread Street, which opened on Friday, is stacking its shelves with fruit, vegetables and bakery products which supermarkets would previously have binned as they were past their best-before date.
Every morning, a team of volunteers collect still-fresh food from local Tesco, Lidl and Coop stores and stock the shelves of the hub for the community to access affordably on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.
In central Edinburgh, 27.1 tonnes of food go to waste every week – the equivalent of roughly 54,000 meals unnecessarily thrown in the bin while 8.4 million people across the UK suffer from food poverty.
In an effort to combat this, the Food Sharing Hub has introduced a membership system, costing £1 a month to join. Once a member, shoppers can fill a basket with food every day, and contribute a donation to help cover the costs.
You can keep up to date with their progress over on their facebook page: