Collaborating with Student Volunteer Organisations to redistribute surplus food in Wales

WRAP Cymru has been working with the Student Volunteer Organisation (SVO) at Swansea University and a national retailer to increase opportunities to redistribute surplus food from ‘back-of-store’ to those in need.

Since early 2016, Morrisons stores have been implementing a programme to redistribute surplus food from their retail outlets to local charities.

WRAP’s previous work identified the lack of spare resource from charity partners to be a barrier to successful redistribution partnerships. By working with Student Volunteer Organisations, the aim is to fill this gap, and provide a sustainable supply of volunteers to facilitate collections of surplus food from supermarkets, and redistribute to local charities.

Our case study shows how in just four months, surplus food with a value of £3,000 was collected from just one store and redistributed to local charities. It also outlines how to implement successful SVO redistribution schemes and highlights the benefits of such schemes at a local and UK level.

To supplement the “how to guides” for retailers and charities WRAP has also produced:

A further outcome of Swansea University’s involvement was the establishment of regular community meals.  These meals are prepared in the University’s kitchens by student volunteers using surplus food from a variety of sources.  For further information visit Swansea University Campus Catering.