Food Connect: taking good food further  

Food Connect is a redistribution pilot in Milton Keynes. We are using two e-cargo bikes and an e-van to share good food with the community that would otherwise go to waste . 

Each year, the Community Fridge Network of 100 fridges redistributes 975 tonnes of food surplus (equivalent to 1.9 million meals!), benefitting 77,500 people.

The Network is heavily reliant on volunteers to collect surplus food from retailers, and we know that collection times and the volumes of food can be a real challenge for volunteers.

Food Connect is bridging that ‘final mile’ between food retailers and Community Fridges.

Supporting community groups and reducing air pollution 

Our mini-fleet of e-bikes and an electric van mean that the pilot is not only tackling the enormous environmental challenge of food waste, but contributing to cleaner air for Milton Keynes too.  Our drivers and riders are paid a salary, and we are developing the service as a local enterprise capable of generating income, with the ambition of creating more green jobs. 

During lockdown, for 16 weeks Food Connect delivered more than 2,000 food parcels to vulnerable households and those who were self-isolating, diverted more than 21 tonnes of food from waste and saved over 1,700 food miles. What’s more, the delivery team supporting Food Connect offered a lifeline to many isolated people.

Pearl, one of the recipients of the food parcels during lockdown, tells us, “By having the weekly deliveries it really did help fill out the cupboard and was a nice surprise to see what was in our boxes. It was something to look forward to, especially if there were treats. It was also so very nice to have such wonderful people deliver the food parcels. Every single one of them have been so friendly and have given up time to have a chat.”

Keen to get involved? 

If you’re a business based in Milton Keynes, you can get involved by giving surplus food, sponsoring a bike or providing resources. 

I WANT TO SUPPORT FOOD CONNECT 

If you're not based in Milton Keynes, you can still be involved with saving great food from going to waste. Check out our Community Fridge Network and see if you have one near you!

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Food Connect is brought to you by Hubbub with thanks to CAF Venturesome, The National Lottery Fund, Liebherr, Milton Keynes Council and FareShare.