We are delighted to announce that The Evening Standard’s Food for London campaign has awarded a grant of over £13,000 for a partnership project between charity Plan Zheroes, Better Bankside and Borough Market.
Last year, the Market’s traders, in partnership with Plan Zheroes, donated almost 9,000 kilos of surplus food to charities across London. The funding will enable Plan Zheroes to expand their existing food surplus Saturday collection with Borough Market, adding a mid-week collection, and for the first time delivering food to charities using the Better Bankside zero-emissions Cargo Bike.
This will make a big difference to charities who otherwise were unable to come and collect it, with some previously resorting to paying for a taxi. It will also help put to good use the perfectly edible surplus food left over at the end of the Borough Market trading day.
Plan Zheroes volunteers coordinate the collection and sorting of the food from the traders, and connect with the charities who use the food to make nutritious meals for people in need. Our Cargo Bike is making a wide range of deliveries from nearby St Mungo’s and as far south as Divine Rescue near Camberwell.
It's a fantastic opportunity to use our zero emissions Cargo Bike in a way that reduces the amount of good quality food going to waste. By delivering the food to charities that previously collected by taxi we are contributing to Better Bankside's aim to improve air quality, reducing the number of vehicles in the area. The project supports Better Bankside’s wider CR programme, facilitating links between local businesses and charities, improving the lives of people based in Southwark.
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