About the event
Wilderness is a foodie’s dream with banquet halls, myriad food stalls, and a mouth-watering array of culinary delights. This presents its own challenges: lots of good food means lots of fresh ingredients, which can often mean more surplus at the end. Fortunately, traders at Wilderness were more enthusiastic and involved in the project than at any other festival – they obviously didn’t want to see good food go to waste.
Our main issue at Wilderness was dealing with the large amounts of immediately perishable donations. We dealt with this by delivering small amounts of food to as many different organisations as possible.
A breakdown of what we did, when we did it, and how…
- 1 Arrived on-site and postered to inform festival goers that they could donate their uneaten food
- 2 Visited traders and handed out a hotline number and fridge stickers that detailed what food we could use.
- 3 At Monday morning briefing the team split into two: five people sorted at our onsite space, and ten people went out collecting food from traders. As well as roaming the site the team also took direct calls from traders.
- 4 Logged food by type, weight, temperature and use-by dates using system devised with the help of NCASS. SHOW MORE
We have to tailor our service to each and every festival. Because Wilderness created a lot of perishable and delicate food, we decided to trial a food collection hotline. This allowed traders to phone us as and when they had food to collect, preventing it from sitting in the sun and going off. Ultimately, that meant the traders could go home earlier, and we could collect more food. The system proved to be so successful, we now use it for every event.
Working with Wilderness had an added bonus: the quality of the food we received. Food banks don’t generally receive the most nutritious food, and they were really excited to be receiving pallets of organic fruit and vegetables!
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organisations received food
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