Did you know that in the UK 15 million tonnes of food is wasted each year, whilst an estimated 4 million people in the UK are affected by food poverty?
Plan Zheroes – the Zero Food Waste Heroes – is a charity which is working to solve this problem from its base in Earl’s Court. The team at Plan Zheroes have created an online map and social network which enables businesses (supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, catering companies, hotels and everything in between) that have surplus food to connect with local charities who provide it to people in need.
The beauty of the idea is in its simplicity – businesses post food donations online and charities receive notifications by email. And local residents can also join the network too as volunteers to help collect and deliver the food, spread the word to businesses and charities or become a Zheroes Linker and help build the relationships between the two.
Although based in the Royal Borough, Plan Zheroes’ activities take place all across the Capital, including a weekly collection of surplus food donated by traders at London’s Borough Market that has redistributed over 19 tonnes food to charities since it launched in June 2014.
Plan Zheroes was co-founded by long-time Kensington and Chelsea resident Lotti Henley. Although Lotti is now 90 years old, she is still involved with the charity and hopes that more businesses, charities and residents in the borough will join Plan Zheroes’ free network to prevent good food from going to waste and to feed bellies, not bins!
For more information or to join Plan Zheroes’ free, online network do visit planzheroes.org