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Cutting Food Waste for Stronger Healthier Communities

By Published September 06, 2019

A NEW initiative is aiming to ensure Middlesbrough's abundance of seasonal fruit and veg doesn't go to waste.

Always have a few extra leeks, courgettes or bag of tomatoes from the allotment? Or can't make use of all the extra apples on the tree in the garden?

Incredible Edible Middlesbrough and Middlesbrough Environment City are joining forces to link people with surplus produce with places and people who can use it.

And they're urging anyone with extra fresh food to get in touch, to help Middlesbrough become greener, healthier and more sustainable.

The project is open to all, from those who hate seeing good food go to waste to those who know of fellow residents or groups who could make use of extra fresh fruit and vegetables.

Community centres, schools and even workplaces might be able to receive the surplus food to distribute to the local community.

Middlesbrough Environment City Food Partnership Manager Joe Dunne said: "When it comes to fruit and veg, this is the season of plenty with so much fantastic fresh food growing in and around Middlesbrough.

"Sadly too much of it goes to waste, and if we can eliminate that it's a great way to make our communities healthier and stronger

"We'd love to hear from people who have surplus veg or fruit which they would like to donate it to others within their local community.

"And we'd encourage schools, community groups and centres to let us know if they are able and would like to receive surpluses. 

"If you have a bit extra, you can always ask your neighbours if they would like some, or you even put it out the front of the house under the #foodisfree initiative.

  • Anyone who would like to get involved should contact Joe at Middlesbrough Environment City on 01642 579820 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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