Join our Food Share Heroes #fightfoodwaste
Food is fresh, free and for everyone at Strath Foodsharing
We redivert food from landfill, from those who find they have too much, to those who don’t have enough.
- One third of food produced globally is wasted and when left to rot in landfill, becomes a toxic methane gas that pollutes the air we breathe
- 1 in 4 children in Scotland lives in poverty
We began as a group of sustainably minded students who created the Foodsharing Society at University of Strathclyde Students’ Union.? All food at the fridge is free of charge as we want to promote altruistic behaviour and sustainable consumption choices.
Our vision is to:
- Reduce Food Waste in Glasgow
- Change mindsets around waste
- Bring Students Together
- Get Involved with Local Communities
We achieve balance in our community by redistributing from those who find they have too much, to those who don’t have enough. With one third of food produced globally being wasted and one in four children in Scotland living in poverty, redistribution provides a solution that works for everyone.
We have a range of volunteering roles, drawing upon many different skillsets. We need volunteers and partners to help us redistribute food waste, diverting it from landfill and into the hands of those who need it most
- Collecting food: this is often in the evening or early morning, to work with shop open hours
- Cleaning, tidying and window dressing of the shop
- Unpacking, checking and shelf stacking food
- Social media and blog writing
We hold workshops, dinner parties and share tips to educate ourselves and others. We always have something on the go and you are always welcome to join us. At our workshops you will learn a range of skills from preparation to pickling! Sharing food is part of our society, and sharing food to help the planet and our community makes it even more enjoyable!
We share news of what we are doing and encourage others to get involved to work on behalf of our planet and community
What’s in the shop
All food at the fridge is free of charge as we want to promote altruistic behaviour and sustainable consumption choices. We encourage those who can afford to buy food, to keep doing so but perhaps pop in and take something they wouldn’t normally get and come up with a way to not waste it (then tell others about it!).
We couldn’t do this without our amazing partners who donate their products to the community fridge. By working with us, our suppliers reduce their landfill tax bill, creating a unique partnership that benefits everyone. We keep adding to this list and can’t thank everyone enough for their contributions.
A Few Top Tips to Reduce Food Waste:
1. Keep a shopping list.
A very simple tip that’s deceptively hard to start (at least if you’re me), keeping a shopping list, as well as an idea (or even a secondary list) of what you have at home is maybe the best to cut down on food wastage and unplanned purchases. If you keep forgetting to make a list, or forget to bring it with you, you can apply the key rules of forming a habit. Make it easy, make it obvious, and give yourself a cue that reminds you to perform the habit.
My solution was to write my list down, then photograph it and make the picture my phone background. Once I started, all I had to do was turn on my phone screen and I knew what I had to buy. Even better, the list formed its own cue, the average Briton checks their phone every 12 minutes on average, which meant that before I went shopping, I almost always got an obvious reminder to write another list.
You might decide to borrow my method, or come up with your own ingenious solutions, just remember the three key rules, easy, obvious and attached to a cue.
2. Collaborate with your flatmates and friends.
Plan dinners ahead of time with your flatmates and work together to make dinners as a team. It lowers your workload, saves money, and reduces your food waste. Got a friend who loves to bake sweet treats? Share treats and swap baked goods so that you aren't eatting the samething everyday.
3. Clear your fridge and freezer first.
If you’re planning to cook a lot of food ahead of time, it can be a good idea to challenge yourself to use up as much of what’s in the freezer and fridge as possible in the lead up, instead of buying new groceries. Rescue those frozen carrots from their forgotten spot in the bottom drawer and make a delicious, hearty soup. The more room you have in your freezer, the more you can freeze and save the leftovers. Frozen Turkey makes for delicious soups and mashed potato freezes surprisingly well (just don’t mistake it for vanilla ice cream when you’re hankering for a sweet treat).
4. Use the bits you’d chuck - both before and after.
Potato peels from making mash can be tossed in a bit of olive oil, salt and spices and cooked in the oven to make delicious crispy chips. The tops and tails of carrots, onions and other veggies can be boiled to flavour water into a rich and complex vegetable broth, perfect for use in sauces and gravies. Even leftovers have surprising and varied uses. Chicken bones make great soups and leftover mashed potatoes can be mixed with eggs and seasonings and fried into golden, crunchy hash browns the next day. There’s an endless amount of things you can do with leftovers to prevent both food waste and the monotony of the same food over and over.
5. If you don’t eat much of it, cut down on it.
The last tip is simple, if you and your fellow flatmates don’t actually like a specific food much, either cut it completely or make a much smaller portion of it. There’s no need to waste time and energy prepping a massive platter of sprouts if everyone at the table is only going to eat two or three.