“Food sharing is a behaviour as old as time, but it’s something of a lost practice – we want to bring it back,” says Cara Bilson, Hull Market Maker for food sharing app OLIO.
“Not only can food sharing help us in the fight against climate change, and help us to support families over the Christmas period, it can also help us to reconnect with our local communities,” Cara explains.
In 2017 UK families were projected to spend £4.2 billion on food and drink in the week before Christmas (see The Guardian 12/12/2017), with approximately £1 billion worth of this food being thrown away.
Cara adds: “While this waste occurs, hundreds & thousands of children will not wake up to Christmas presents – they will wake up hungry. Christmas is meant to be a time of joy, but for millions of families, it’s a time of stress, hunger and uncertainty. It doesn’t have to be this way.
“Our food sharing app OLIO hopes to tackle the twin evils of hunger and food waste. It does this by connecting neighbours with each other, and volunteers with local shops, so that surplus food can be shared not thrown away.
“I have been building the food sharing revolution in Hull for the last 6 months now and it’s been going from strength to strength. We have 4,190 users who have shared over 10,800 portions of food with each other! This is an amazing achievement, especially when you imagine that amount of food all in one room together, you can really envision the impact that OLIO is having.
“While there is an outrageous amount of avoidable waste, there are also people in our Hull communities who are going to bed hungry. Therefore, we want to spread the word about OLIO, to offer families an alternative to throwing food in the bin when it’s not going to be eaten.”
Help reduce waste, tackle hunger and build community in Hull this Christmas by downloading the free food sharing app OLIO.
[Cara Bilson is Hull Market Maker for OLIO]