What is foodprint?
Foodprint is a social enterprise that aims to tackle both food waste and food poverty. We will collect food that would otherwise be thrown away and redistribute it to those in need.
Foodprint is an Enactus project based at the University of Nottingham. Enactus Nottingham is a student-led non-profit social enterprise incubator (https://www.enactusnottingham.org/), using the power of business to drive sustainable change that transforms people’s lives. Foodprint is one of the local social enterprises and has been set up to tackle the issues of food wastage and food poverty in Nottingham, helping the local community while doing so.
Foodprint began in April 2016 when a group of students recognised how big a problem food waste and food poverty was in Nottingham. It is alarming to read that a total of 15.9% of people aged 0-19 in Nottinghamshire are living in poverty, this amounts to 26,065 children and teenagers . It is even more upsetting to hear that approximately 10 million tons of food is wasted in the UK, 60% of which could have been avoided. Clearly there is a big problem and Foodprint want to tackle this issue.
Since starting the team has grown - we now have 12 members running the project and the council have provided us with a warehouse in Sneinton. We hope to continue expanding by getting people involved in the running of the social supermarket. This is all very exciting but there is still a long way to go. We still need a great deal of infrastructure before we can begin to make a difference, this includes things like a chilled van, shelves to store the food, baskets for the shoppers to use and an efficient stock rotation system. By supporting us you will become part of the race to end waste, so go on come join us!
Where will the money go?Once fully functioning, we will have a sustainable revenue stream to support the enterprise’s activities. However in order to reach that, we need to meet various start-up costs, such as:
- purchasing a van (£4000)
- petrol to transport the food (£50/w)
- merchandise & customer outreach (£500)
- marketing campaigns such as breakfast clubs and food festivals (£500)
- employees, through a subsidised council scheme, who otherwise may struggle to find work (£50/w each)
- food from wholesalers to ensure reliable stock (£400/w)
- Rent and overheads for the warehouse (£200/w)
With your help, we can raise the money we need to make this project a success. ensuring that Foodprint can begin making a difference towards food poverty and food waste :)
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You don't need to give money to help us succeed, become a supporter ! Please take a second to click on the supporters tab, there is a thumbs up icon that says 'become a helper.' By selecting this and sharing the unique web address at the top of the supporters tab (on facebook, twitter, via email etc.) we can see exactly how many much funding we have received and how many people have clicked on our page thanks to you! Your support won't go unnoticed :) we can also then give you updates on how the project if going if you're interested. The supporter that reaches out to the most people will receive a food & drink care package! Keep your eye on our social media page for more info.