How a Facebook group is using the Wetherspoons app to feed homeless people.
One night in Salisbury, £260 of food and (non-alcoholic) drinks were bought by strangers from all over the UK and internationally.
Wetherspoons has an app that allows customers to skip queuing at the bar to order food and drink. It also means you can play pranks, sending orders of peas or Fruit Shoots to any table of your choice at one of around 900 ’Spoons across the UK.
Chris Illman from Fareham formulated Wetherspoons The Game! and founded a page for it on Facebook. The idea is simple: people post a picture of themselves and their table number and wait for fellow group members to send them stuff – anything at all. Last week’s players included Tiffany turning 21 at The Swan in Weymouth, a hen party at The Panniers in Barnstaple and someone celebrating the loss of their virginity, allegedly, at The Manor House in Royston.
But among the rowdy revellers was a post from The Standing Ordr in Southampton which asked people to donate food that would be distributed to people rough sleeping nearby.
From rescued food to Artisan bites.
Sophie Andre, founder and director of Elysia Catering, went from delivering breakfast bags to people’s workplaces in London to feeding the likes of Airbnb, WeWork, and government agencies, while creating a smaller circular economy hub in the supply chain for food otherwise wasted.
Named after the Ancient Greeks’ location of the blissful afterlife, Elysia Catering is a social enterprise. To date, its breakfasts and aperitifs have “saved from waste more than seven metric tons of artisan British food and served over 19,000 people around London,” according to the company’s website.
Setting up a food project in London, where the survival rate of businesses over five years is 39.3 percent—the lowest in the United Kingdom according to the Office for National Statistics—is no easy feat. But the city also provides fertile ground for waste-cutting initiatives, as its food and environment strategies aim to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030. The U.K.’s food industry throws away 1.9 million metric tons of food annually, of which almost 58 percent is avoidable, according to U.K. charity WRAP.