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Be a Zero Food Waste Hero

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Did you know we waste way too much food? Help Plan Zheroes get surplus food to charities that are feeding people in need.
  • Thank you to the project funders

Why Get Involved

Did you know we waste way too much food? In the UK, it’s about 10 million tonnes per year and in many cases this food is perfectly good to eat. 

Plan Zheroes tackles the issues of food waste and food poverty by inspiring businesses to donate their surplus food to charities that are feeding people in need rather than sending it to landfill. They run a twice weekly food collection at Borough Market and also operate an online platform where companies can post their donations of surplus food.

Volunteer roles include 

  • Collect surplus foodstuffs from Borough Market Traders
  • Sort the foodstuffs for ease of collection by local charities
  • Welcome and where necessary help the charities to pack up and take away the foodstuffs
  • Collect the cargo bike on a Saturday and bring it to the Market (the perfect opportunity for confident cyclists)

To make sure the food reaches as many charities as possible, the project uses Better Bankside’s electrically assisted, pedal-powered cargo bike. On a Saturday this simply needs to be collected from a location about 5 minutes away from Borough Market and brought to the market ready for loading. Volunteers for this should be confident on the road, though there are no formal requirements such as a driving licence. If this is something you would like to help with we will provide a short training session with a cycling instructor to ensure you know how to ride safely and to give you an opportunity to get used to driving the cargo bike.

Date: Wednesdays

Timing: 4:45pm - 6:30pm

Date: Saturdays

Timing: 4:45pm - 6:30pm

No. of volunteers: min 1, max 6

Location: Borough Market

rn [at] (subject: Plan%20Zheroes%3A%20Be%20a%20zero%20food%20waste%20hero%20volunteer) (Express your interest here) in order to get involved.

This project is funded by the London Community Foundation through the Evening Standard's Food for London campaign. 

To read about other local volunteering opportunities click here.


Jun 13 2017