UKHarvest is on a mission to eliminate hunger and food waste through education and the redistribution of quality surplus food.
Likewise, to provide a framework for food rescue that can be replicated.
UKHarvest is a not-for-profit perishable food rescue operation that collects quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to charities.
They provide much needed assistance to vulnerable people, collecting surplus food from all types of food providers, including fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, farmers, stadiums, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms.
UKHarvest is based on the original OzHarvest model which was founded in November 2004, by Ronni Kahn pictured right.
There are four pillars that underpin the work that they do at UKHarvest
They are on a mission to eliminate hunger and food waste through the redistribution of quality surplus food. They collect perishable food from places like supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, farmers, stadiums, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms in our refrigerated yellow vans and take it, directly and free of charge, to charities who are helping vulnerable men, women and children in the UK.
Embracing community support for UKHarvest lies at the heart of our purpose. They offer a range of opportunities for the community to engage with our family through volunteering and being involved in our initiatives. In turn, the goodness spreads through our family, adding purpose to peoples’ lives through meaningful action.
The old adage of give someone a fish and they’ll eat for a day, show them how to fish and they’ll eat for a lifetime might sound trite, but it’s TRUE! Educating and raising awareness about food waste, food rescue, food security and sustainability is central to their vision. Protecting and improving the environment through their actions deeply matters to them. Promoting nutrition education is paramount. Providing hospitality training and mentoring for disadvantaged youth drives them onward and upwards, together.
Whether it’s finding new ways and solutions to combat food waste and hunger, to using technology to mobilise Brits to take meaningful action. The food rescue model they use has been implemented and adapted across the globe and they intend to pay it forward.