Food Connect Taking good food further Food Connect is a zero emissions redistribution service run by Hubbub. We are using a small fleet of e-cargo bikes and an e-van to share surplus food from local businesses with the community. Community groups such as members of Hubbub's Community Fridge Network rely on volunteers to collect surplus from retailers and other businesses, and we know that collection times and the volumes of food can be a real challenge. Food Connect was set up to support that ‘final mile’ in food redistribution. Our impact The pilot took place in Milton Keynes, between September 2020 to February 2021. We also ran a Covid response service during the first lockdown and have since been awarded the Global Good Awards Bronze award for COVID Crisis Champions of 2021.In year one 6 new green jobs were created and the team saved over 240 tonnes of good food from going to waste – the equivalent of almost 575,000 meals! The food saved was associated with at least 600 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, while the use of electric vehicles avoided 8 tonnes of transport emissions. We now hope to take this service and model to new locations in the UK. Supporting communities during Covid During the first lockdown Food Connect delivered more than 2,000 food parcels to vulnerable households and those who were self-isolating. What’s more, the delivery team supporting Food Connect offered a lifeline to many isolated people and proved to be agile in responding to urgent community needs. How does Food Connect work? Food Connect provides a simpler donation experience for food businesses and significantly increases the quantity of food that can be collected. We offer a single point of contact for donations, and food is collected by a professional rider or driver who will take it to a local community fridge or community group where it will be shared quickly and safely with local residents. We have developed a model that is replicable but community-led, and we are now looking to expand to new locations where we can take even more great food further. Support Food Connect Contact us if you can help us take Food Connect to new locations. I WANT TO SUPPORT FOOD CONNECT Anyone can help save great food from going to waste. Check out our Community Fridge Network and see if you have one near you! FIND A FRIDGE Food Connect is brought to you by Hubbub with thanks to CAF Venturesome, Costa Coffee, Bosch eBike Systems, The National Lottery Fund, Milton Keynes Council and FareShare.