Food Donations

Intercepting food at the crack of dawn

Our food comes from a wide variety of sources from Supermarkets to wholesalers, from individuals to local businesses. Some donors donate to us several times a week and others are on an ad-hoc basis. We accept nearly all edible food that would have otherwise been wasted.

Due to Food Safety Regulations we cannot accept items that have been on a self-service counter due to risk of contamination, and food that has been cooked/prepared in a domestic kitchen that is not registered with the Food Saftey Team (Environmental Health). We can take…

  • items past ‘best before’ date
  • items donated or frozen before ‘use by’ date
  • items with damaged or incorrect packaging

To donate food please contact nofoodwaste@realjunkfoodleicester.org

If you are unsure as to whether we’d accept your donation, please contact us so we can discuss.

The Real Junk Food Project Leicester van
Sweet & Fruity: The Real Junk Food Project Leicester Van

People often ask what we do with our waste. We have very little after customers and volunteers have taken what they can. We clean and recycle all the packaging we can and compost all the food that we can. We only use the general waste bin as a last resort and most of what goes in there are plate scrapings and non-recyclable packaging.