Banbury Young Homeless Project (BYHP) is one of the organisations to benefit from receiving food from Banbury Food for Charities.
A fight against food waste in Banbury is being waged with the formation of a new charity.
Banbury Food for Charities takes leftover fresh food from shops, supermarkets and Banbury Market and delivers it for free to local charities.
The food, which is safe to eat, would otherwise be thrown away or sent for animal feed, but will now be given to charities to cook with or distribute among users.
The idea comes from Riki Therivel, who had the idea after volunteering for the Oxford Food Bank.
She set up a stall at Banbury Town Council’s Food Fair last year to see if Banbury people were were up to the challenge of helping stop waste and supporting people to eat fresh food.
Banbury market trader John Denton was the first to donate leftover fruit and vegetables from his stall to the charity.
Other traders joined in, followed by supermarket chains Aldi and Sainsbury’s.
Mrs Therivel said: “Our first delivery was a couple of large marrows, beans and cabbages from an allotment holder.
“Now we deliver to 12 local charities.”
The charity accepts fresh food except meat/fish, food that is past its ‘use by’ date and food that is no longer usable.
Any non-perishable items are given to Banbury Food Bank.
Banbury Town Council leader Kieron Mallon, who is a trustee of Banbury Food for Charities alongside Valerie Richards, said: “John on Banbury Market has been fantastic.
“Now Aldi and Sainsbury’s are on board we will divert tonnes of good food from going to waste or landfill and instead provide good, wholesome ingredients to enable charities and people to cook fresh food for themselves.”
Charities benefiting from the project include Restore, Banbury Young Homeless Project, The Royal Voluntary Servie at Cornhill, The Salvation Army, The Hill, The Sunshine Centre and children’s centres around the town.
The deliveries are carried out by volunteers, who use their own car, on a rota basis.
Mrs Richards said: “We are always on the lookout for new volunteers to help pick up and deliver the food and providers, be it producers, shops or supermarkets, to come on board and to donate.
“It is such a simple idea and so easy to help.
“If you want to volunteer, or donate food or money, please give us a call on 01295 369518.”
Volunteers and producers can also email banburyfood firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.foodforcharities.org.uk.