Food Drop is on a mission to achieve zero waste of fresh food-to-go by bringing it to those in need. Our platform connects high street stores with surplus food to nearby charitable organisations. Through our mobile app, volunteers can help such local projects access the food by lending a helping hand and picking it up for them.
A Drop is the entire process of picking up food from the retailer, walking to the charity and dropping off the food.
To complete a Drop:
● On our app, select a local store and charity that is convenient for you
● Arrive at the store 10 minutes before closing time
● Show your electronic ID and the retailer will hand over a bag full of great tasting food
● The app will then guide you to desired charity
● Drop the food off and you’re done!
Drops vary in duration. You are able to choose your retailer and recipient charity based on how it fits in with your commute back home, to the gym or whatever else you have planned that evening. So they can be as short or long as you choose them to be!
We work with a wide range of charities and local projects that support our local communities; these can include but are not limited to child play associations, women’s shelters, homeless hostels and support groups.
You can cancel a booked Drop anytime by clicking on the help button and selecting cancel. Please do try to cancel Drops as soon as know you can’t make it. This way, someone else can hopefully complete the Drop and ensure that surplus food gets to those who need it the most.
Retailers are very accommodating, but they need to know how long a member of staff needs to wait behind for you to arrive. Please inform the retailer by calling them as soon as you can.
There will be sealable Food Drop bags at each retailer so you don’t need to bring your own.
Currently the bags are not biodegradable. We found that most biodegradable bags that were suitable for us were made using a chemical additive that breaks the bags down into microbeads. We are in the process of setting up a closed-loop recycling system with our charities to ensure that none of our bags end up in landfill. If you may be able to suggest an alternative, please do get in contact at [email protected]