Still Good Food aims to reduce food waste and feed its local community. It is primarily an environmental project working to reduce food waste but is also very aware that the majority of its customers are low-income families who greatly appreciate the food it is able to supply at a low cost (pay as you feel, minimum donation £1).
Still Good Food sources surplus stock and food past its best before date and then sells it for a minimum donation at their two shops in West Suffolk. By working closely with other charities, local businesses and farmers, their network of incredibly motivated and committed volunteers keeps food out of the bin and on people’s plates!
The charity’s work in Suffolk was recognised by Suffolk County Council’s Greenest County Awards where Still Good Food won the Waste Reduction and Recycling Award. Still Good Food also gained the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Award and the High Sheriff of Suffolk’s Covid Recognition Fund Award in March 2021.
Funds will be used to support the salaries of the Project Coordinators. Originally staffed by volunteers until 12 months ago, they now employ 2 coordinators who share a total of 28 hours per week. Having this dedicated resource has helped the charity grow in the last year rather than relying solely on volunteers who cannot always give their time. This means they can reduce more food waste but also help more people on low incomes.
Find out more here: www.stillgoodfood.org
“Wow! Thank you so much, that is fantastic news! We are so excited to hear that we have been shortlisted for this funding. This will make such a difference to our project as we will be able to continue the employment of our dedicated Project Coordinators who work tirelessly to manage every aspect of what we do to help feed our local community and reduce food waste in order to help reduce climate change and its effects on the environment. Without our Project Coordinators we would not be able to continue to manage our ever growing team of volunteers or ensure that our shop shelves stay well stocked. This would very quickly impact our customers and the volume of food we are able to save and redistribute.”
Still Good Food is a great initiative that provides an invaluable service in Suffolk, driving down food waste and providing nutritious and low-cost options to its community. The initiative focuses on being sustainable, helping save 27 tonnes of food from being wasted last year, whilst allowing those in need of food the ability to access it.
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After becoming one of the top five finalists in the latest Grants for Good Round, £2,500 was granted.