What is food waste & surplus food?

Did you know, every day in the UK perfectly healthy, edible and wholesome food is thrown away. This food wastage has nothing to do with taste, texture, ingredients or date of expiry. This is pure because supermarkets don’t have the mechanisms in which they can distribute this surplus food.

U4H Determined to Reduce Food Wastage

Since 2012, U4H’s has been distributing surplus food amongst the poor, needy, homeless and families with low income in the UK. We provide vitally-needed meals, food parcels and snacks to hundreds of disadvantaged people every day.

Our surplus food distribution project gives us chance to work with a huge variety of people dealing with hardship, people who are homeless, unemployed, people dealing with substance abuse, the elderly, children, young adults, refugees and asylum-seekers at drop-ins, residential centres, children’s centres, and breakfast and after-school clubs.

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How do we save food from going to waste?

Every evening we collect surplus food from all Tesco, Co-Op and ASDA branches in Peterborough. The value of this food is between £200-£400. This is perfectly healthy, edible and wholesome food.

What is included in this food?

Surplus food we collect includes fruit, veg, meat, tinned food and ready-made meals.

How do we distribute surplus food?

With the help of volunteers, we distribute surplus food amongst the five youth and adult hostels. This food is a lifeline for many people going through tough times in their lives.

How U4H fight hunger and food wastage in the UK?

  • Save good food from going to waste by collecting it from supermarkets.
  • Distribute this surplus food amongst the poor and needy people
  • Turn the food into hot meals to feed the vulnerable people

So, How can you reduce food going waste?

  1. Don’t overstock shelves
  2. Don’t pile up food in fridge and freezer
  3. Shop at a local shop instead of the supermarket
  4. Use an app to keep track of your grocery stock
  5. Donate your near expiry date food to local charities
  6. Cook hot meals and distribute them amongst your neighbours especially the elderly
  7. Invite a friend or a family member for a meal

Shocking Statistic about the Food Wastage

According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture authority more than one-third of the entire amount of food produced in the world thrown away. Therefore, it of utmost importance that firstly, we do not waste food secondly, if there is surplus food then we should find someone who can make use of that food and finally, for the sake of the environment we should change our habits permanently when it comes to food wastage.


Over 2 million tonnes. UK supermarkets throw away over 2 million tonnes perfectly healthy, edible and wholesome food.

Household food wastage total to over 8 million tonnes. Over 3 million tonnes of food goes to waste in between farm where it originated to the end food supply chain. According to a study in 2019 UK wastes over £23 billion worth food.

Roughly, one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption goes to waste every year. The cost of food wastage in the world amounts to US$ 680 billion in industrialised countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries.

Potatoes, Bread, Milk, Bananas, Salad and Vegetables

UK households waste over 1m tonne of bread every year.

UK households waste over 7m tonnes of meat every year.

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