“Our aim is to stop all edible, safe, perishable food from going to landfill and re-direct it to those that it could help.”

This year at Neighbourhood Weekender Green Events Co and 8th Plate were in attendance to collect any excess food to avoid wastage. With over 20 traders selling food over the Bank Holiday weekend, we were proud to take part is such a great cause!

8th Plate is run in partnership with the Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS), A Greener Festival and Fareshare, as a not for profit initiative to begin to challenge food waste and to educate and raise awareness of the issues of food waste and food poverty. In 2018, 8th Plate salvaged 12 tonnes of food from three music festivals, equating to 28,572.00 meals and 6 tonnes of Co2.

Volunteers and staff from the NCASS attended on the Sunday evening and worked with the Green Events team to collect all salvageable food. Food salvaged from Neighbourhood included 10 boxes of baguettes, burger buns, wraps, boxes of tomatoes, 2 cases of peppers, cucumbers, sacks of onions, lettuce, bags of salad, cheese, bacon and a sack of pasta.

Green Events Co and 8th Plate distribute all extra good collected to local charities, food banks and soup kitchens. The chosen organisations for Neighbourhood Weekender were Coffee4Craig and Open Kitchen. Coffee4Craig is an organisation that runs a food bank in Salford that helps the homeless access hostels and mental health resources, as well as run an outdoor ‘street kitchen’ three evenings a week in Piccadilly Gardens. Similarly, Open People is Manchester’s first waste food catering social enterprise, using salvaged food to make hot meals for vulnerable people all over Greater Manchester and also provide a low cost catering package for community groups and charities.

We would also like to thank our traders Dan Balch and Malika Foster of Crooked Kitchens who acted as ambassadors for the collection as they provided a drop-off point and helped store all perishables in their fridges. Without their help, the project organisers wouldn’t have been able to salvage half as such food as they did.