Food Loop

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Food Loop

Food Loop

Produced in Kent By Produced in Kent

Our app connects providers of surplus food and food waste with businesses, charities and community initiatives in order to reduce waste, get more food on a plate and less in the AD or landfill

Westwell Idea stage

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There is a discrepancy between the amount of surplus food produced in Kent and the growing number of vulnerable people unable to put a healthy meal on the table in our county. Apart from the social cost, there is an economic cost (storing/processing waste costs money), environmental cost (food waste is transported around the country or abroad, ends up in landfill) and legal cost (non-compliance with incumbent food waste legislation will result in a fine) to food waste. We are providing an online B2B solution for suppliers of surplus food across the food chain – growers, producers, retail and hospitality, as well as charities dealing with surplus in donated food items – operating in urban and rural areas in Kent. By introducing them to a comprehensive list of businesses, charities and community initiatives able to upcycle and/or redistribute surplus food, we maximise the amount that is repurposed and minimise the amount that ends up in the AD or landfill.

What we'll deliver:

  • We build a community of businesses, charities and community initiatives dedicated to handle food waste more responsibly
  • We help those in need get access to better and healthier food
  • We collect data that make the problem of food waste visible and show how we are addressing it

Why it's a great idea:

• Everyone wins: - suppliers get rid of their surplus food in a responsible (makes them stand out from other businesses) and timely way - community initiatives gain access to more suppliers and more fresh produce - vulnerable groups have access to better, healthier food - waste recycling plants receive the end -of-the-chain surplus. • The redistribution of surplus food is fairer, more efficient and quicker. • The app helps towards a green recovery of our local economy: - supporting shorter supply chains and reducing our communal carbon footprint. - Less food waste ends up in landfill • The data collected by the app helps us to better understand the problem of food waste in Kent and shows how we are addressing it.

Steps to get it done:

  • start pilot project 1 July 2021
  • 600 registered businesses, charities and community initiatives 1 August 2021
  • Baseline study on food waste handling published August 2021 - set targets for end pilot
  • First data report on food waste redistributed January 2021

Through the crowdfunding campaign we are hoping to build a community of Food Loop champions - donors with a vested interest in the app who donate £500 or more. In exchange for their generous contribution, champions receive: • Life-long free usage of the Food Loop app • A Food Loop Champion logo to be used on marketing material • Mention on all Food Loop-related promotion material and output in the run-up to the start of, and during, the pilot phase • An invitation to our Food Loop launch event at The Gastronomist (Ashford) at a date TBC

Location Westwell

About the space



Ashford Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £51,581

app development - £16,632 (32%)
admin support - £14,880 (29%)
PR/comms activities - £9,500 (18%)
T&C, TM registration, licensing agreement - £5,000 (10%)
marketing toolkit app - £1,720 (3%)
Other - £3,849 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

app development
admin support
PR/comms activities
T&C, TM registration, licensing agreement
marketing toolkit app
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Marketing
  • App improvement

Total £51,581

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