A small Camden charity, Hare Krishna Food for All, was named Novelis Community Recycing Project of the year at The Resource Awards last week. We hadn't heard of them before today but nosing around their website we're really rather in awe of their humanitarian and environmental efforts in central London.
It's a really simple idea. Food For All provides disadvantaged people with free hot meals in Camden, Kings Cross and Holborn, by collecting food from various companies, like Sainsburys for example. Food retailers chuck out all sorts of stuff. Last week they collected 6 tons of new organic muesli which they distributed to the homeless. The muesli was perfectly fresh and healthy and the only reason it was rejected by the supermarket was because non-organic apricots were included in the packet. All food that is collected would otherwise be sent to landfill and the project works to give what would be wasted to those who need it and if it can't be used as food, the organic waste is composted (being vegetarians there's no meat to worry about) and packaging recycled.
It's all good, basically. If you're inspired, you don't have to be Hare Krishna to help FFA. They're always looking for volunteer drivers, servers and helpers and definitely always looking for food retailers who might want to work with them to keep this deservedly prize winning project going. See the website for more details.
Image of the Camden Resource Centre eco-garden from the FFA website.