Over the past few weeks we've been turning perfectly good fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste into smoothies at a local school, and we've been helped along the way by FareShare who've been delivering the fruit to East Sheen Primary School each and every week.
FareShare are a national UK charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty, and our Lou popped down to their depot at Park Royal the other week to see just what goes on in an average day.
Here she met Daniel, the depot boss (the chap on the left), and David, a nice man who works there.
As well as promoting the message that ‘No Good Food Should Be Wasted’ and providing training and education in safe food preparation and nutrition through their Eat Well Live Well programme, FareShare get good quality surplus product from the food and drink industry to people who really need it. In 2010/11, the food redistributed by FareShare contributed towards more than 8.6 million meals. That's a lot of food.
Here's where the goods arrive
Pineapples and oranges like these are perfect for turning into smoothies
Pointing at things in crates is par for the course when you work in a warehouse
David checks off the day's orders to make sure everything's going to the right place.
To find out a bit more about what we're up to and watch a video of our Rich on a bike-powered blender head here http://www.innocentdrinks.co.uk/tastenotwaste/ (if you're a bit short of time, skip straight to 1:20 to see the man himself in action).