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Best Before project gives food waste to charities

Reducing food waste - The Best Before Project is a non-profit, volunteer run organisation aiming to tackle food waste in two ways.

Firstly, they aim to re-educate people about food labelling, specifically about the difference between ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates. They emphasise the important difference between these two rather ambiguous terms in order to prevent the waste of perfectly edible food.

Secondly, by setting up an “effective network of re-distribution”, they aim to help people most in need. With the help of many enthusiastic volunteers they collect food that would otherwise be wasted and redistribute it to charities, homeless shelters, elderly people and anyone else who could benefit.

This picture shows a delivery of food to one of the Best Before Project's two warehouses, in west London. Recent pick-ups have included good food that would otherwise have gone to waste from airline Lufthansa's Heathrow deposit store, and project partners include a range of wholesalers and retailers committed to diverting good food to good causes.

The Best Before Project is keen to expand and needs volunteers to do so. If you think that you could help in any way then read their volunteer appeal. Or visit the Best Before Project website at:

Food Legacy: The campaign, launched October 2011, is inspired by the London 2012 Food Vision adopted by the organisers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Food Legacy asks caterers, restaurants, event organisers and hospitality organisations to commit publicly to taking steps to improve the healthiness, ethics and sustainability of the food they serve.

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