The story so far...
Our award-winning food surplus scheme has redistributed over 20 million meals
Don’t let it go to waste
Neighbourly connects local stores that have surplus with charities, community groups and schools that can put it to good use in the community. We do this at scale, creating more connections for more people in more communities, more easily.
Our scheme also supports the donation of non-food items like household goods, cleaning products and toiletries. To collect surplus food, your organisation will need to have an FSA rating of 3 or above and/or a Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate, dated within the last 2.5 years.
Featured Good Cause
The Community Cafe, Scunthorpe
The Central Community Centre in Scunthorpe run a community cafe that offers high quality meals at low cost to people in the local area including elderly people, young families and teenagers. The service helps to reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness and gives many a purpose in life.
Throughout 2018 Lidl connected all their UK stores to local causes and started donating their surplus through the platform each day. The scheme will provide up to 2 million meals a year to people facing food poverty.
Featured Good Cause
Middle Park Community Centre, London
This community centre in Eltham, London provides a nutritious breakfast to over 60 children to help set them up for their school day. The centre also provides a range of activities for older people, including a community café serving hot food four days a week. This group receives regular donations of surplus from M&S Eltham.
Since 2015 M&S have been distributing their surplus food via Neighbourly - connecting every store with a local charity to maximise the amount that can be redistributed. So far, they've donated over 9 million meals to thousands of UK charities and have extended the scheme to include chilled food as well as non-food items like cleaning and laundry products and toiletries.
Charities and good causes
Would you like to sign up for regular collections of surplus food or products for your charity, community project or school? Create your free Neighbourly page and we'll do our best to match you with a local store.Sign up to receive food
Find out how your business can donate surplus food and products to local charities and community causes whilst reducing environmental impact.Find out more
"Amazing partnership, this will help so many charities and other groups in the local area"
"It's great to be able to give the children fresh fruit on a daily basis. We are now spending less on food which helps so much"
Middle Park Community Centre
"Thank you so much - yesterday we fed about 250 people! What a great day"
The Storehouse Good Food Project
"It is just so simple for us, we turn up and pick up the food, and the guys in the store love it"
Chesterfield Church in the Peak
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