Shoreham woman hopes new food app could reduce waste

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A mother-of-three is hoping to get residents in Shoreham tackling food waste and helping the vulnerable – using their phones.

Claire Gale, of Greenways Crescent, has volunteered to be an ambassador for Olio, a food sharing app which allows surplus food to be circulated for free.

The 43-year-old used to work in merchandising and said she would be left feeling ‘desperate’ when she saw the amount of waste produced by supermarkets. When she heard about Olio, she said: “I thought it was a really good idea – it has lots of potential.”

In other areas where the app is used, surplus food is donated by supermarkets, cafés and restaurants and collected at drop off points, where members of the community can come and collect it, she said.

In some places, there has been so much excess food that residents have opened a café from which to give away the free food, she said.

“Potentially, that’s the kind of thing it can lead to, if enough people are interested,” she said. “It’s obviously worked in other areas. But it will only work if lots of people use it.”

Ultimately, Mrs Gale would like to see the app used to help vulnerable people in Shoreham and to stock up foodbanks. She suggested it would be a good way to get rid of unwanted Christmas gifts.

She plans to put up posters around Shoreham and contact businesses to raise awareness of the app.

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