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Hitchin Food Rescue Hub2019-07-19T10:45:26+00:00

Hitchin Food Rescue Hub

A food boutique and eco-community in the heart of Hitchin

Discover our food boutique where unsold food, otherwise destined for destruction, is rescued and diverted from the bin, and instead offered to our community.  Uncooked food is recovered from local food-based busineses and is offered on a pay-as-you-feel (PAYF) basis making it accessible and encouraged to all members of the community.  In addition to the provision of rescued food, we provide regular opportunities to learn about limiting food waste in your own home as well as creating a community of like-minded individuals to come together to share and learn from each other.

RESCUE

REDUCE

RECONNECT

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WHAT

Think Global, Act Local

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WHAT

Think Global, Act Local

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Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption (approx 1.3 billion tonnes) gets wasted or lost every year. It is estimated that this will rise by a third by 2030 to a staggering 2.1bn tonnes, equivalent to 66 tonnes per second.

Source: FAO, 2019

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UK households produce around 7 million tonnes of food waste each year, of which 5 million tonnes is ‘still edible’.

Source: DEFRA, 2018

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In 2015, a composition analysis of the purple bin (landfill) showed each household is throwing away approximately 3.12kg of recyclable material each week. The largest proportion of this is food waste which equates to 21% of the average purple bin.

Source: NHDC 2015

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HOW

Practice the 6Rs

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Say no to any single-use plastics and packaging. Say no to disposables and anything which will end up in landfill. Refuse to use or purchase anything with no shelf life or multi-use function. Refusing will lessen the demand for such items.

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Reduce the quantity of products and food you buy. Question whether you really need it all, and whether the ‘2-for-1’ deal or ‘40% extra free’ is necessary? Are you going to consume it? Are you going to waste it and chuck it?

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Eat your leftovers! Cook up a different meal with last night’s leftovers and enjoy eating something new. Otherwise, cook only the correct portion at the time. Use tupperware boxes to go food shopping and always take your reusable bags!

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If it can be recycled, always recycle it correctly. Check the labels and ensure no contamination is present such as food residue. Always look for the recyclable alternative and shop consciously.

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Everything else should be compostable. All food peelings for instance can be put straight into a compost or your food caddy bin which is turned into fertiliser for local farmland. Composted waste is then reused in your garden.

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Rescue existing and perfectly good foods and other non-compostable waste items destined for landfill. Reinvent rescued products into new meals and dishes, and freeze suitable items for longer end life.

WHY

There is no planet B

By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish

Food waste amounts to a major squandering of resources – water, land, energy and capital – and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change.

There are 510 landfill sites in the UK, all of which were previously inhabited by native flora and fauna.

The demand for higher yields of crops in the UK has left very little ecological value on our farmlands.  Yet, crops are often thrown away on the premises due to their visual appearance.

Urgent action is required at a local and individual level

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WHERE

You can #rescuefood

You’ll find us

Church House,
Churchyard,
Hitchin SG5 1HP

10am – 1pm

THURSDAY

Weekly

How it works

Pay-As-You-Feel (PAYF)

Everything at the Hitchin Food Rescue Hub is offered on a Pay-As-You-Feel (PAYF) basis.  PAYF is about you offering a contribution.  You pay as much as you feel your drink, snack, meal or bag of shopping is worth, or what you can afford.

Your donations are needed to keep this project alive, whilst supporting local causes.

WHO

Behind the Scenes #foodrescuers

Emma Ince Goulding
Emma Ince GouldingHub Founder and Project Leader
Emma is also the founder of CookeryEatery, a modern food learning experience for young ones.

Emma is a cook, Mentor, Designer, lover of people and places.

Aletheia Mashiri
Aletheia MashiriGetting Rooted CIC Founder & Project Host
Aletheia is a permaculturalist and teacher UQ of Horticulture across 2 SEN schools in North London.

Aletheia has a community vegetable plot in her front garden and is owner of ‘Getting Rooted in Hitchin’.

Charlotte Johnson
Charlotte JohnsonSocial Media, Blogger & Ecologist
An Ecologist on maternity leave, Charlotte is on a sustainable parenting journey! We are so lucky to have her knowledge, enthusiasm and charm as she heads up our social media & blogging.
Lynn Grounds
Lynn GroundsCommunity & Relationships
Lynn’s vast experience makes her the ideal person to work right across our volunteer team and visitor experience.
Samantha King
Samantha KingGraphic Designer
Samantha has helped bring the Hub to life. Her flare for detail and deep understanding of what the Hub needs has given the project its identity.
Gaby Prothero
Gaby ProtheroWeb Designer
Gaby is a web and database designer and creator of this website.

Our team of #foodrescue volunteers

Jenny
Ping
Amanda
Liz & Ian
Maureen-Rose
John
Helen

Our #foodrescue partners & supporters

NEWS

The latest from our blog

EVENTS

Discover what’s on in Hitchin

PRESS

HFRH in the news

GALLERY

Discover the #Hub

We are indebted to our fabulous photographers, Sharon Cooper and Alexa Loy, for their support and dedication to our cause.  You can find out more about them below.

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DONATE

A little support makes a big difference

Donate food

Whether you’re a big chain supermarket or a small local bakery or food outlet, we want to hear from you if you have surplus food for donation.

DROP OFF

Thursdays
0930- 1130
Church House, Hitchin

TEXT/SMS

Contact us to collect on 07795 627492

Email

Email us to arrange a collection

Donate time

Please complete the form and tell us more about you and how you’d like to help.  We endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

Donate cash

We’ve been overwhelmed by the genuine love and support we’ve had from the outset of this project.  Many people have not only pledged their time to help but also have asked how they can pledge cash donations.
Your support really will make a huge difference not only to the scope of this project but also to your local community.
We thank you.
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