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Bury St Edmunds Still Good Food charity set for further growth in 2022



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A community food charity is looking forward to a successful 2022 after expanding its operation – and winning three awards.

Still Good Food began life as the Best Before Project in Elseys Yard, Bury St Edmunds, in 2017, when it began rescuing food, reaching its ‘best before’ date, mainly from supermarkets. It then redistributed this within the local community through its shop, for donations.

The project has been so successful however, it secured a number of grants last year, and has now taken on its first two paid-members of staff and opened a second shop at Freedom Church, in Great Barton.

Trust chair, Kate McFarland with project coordinators, Roz Scott and Sarah Bullen, at the Great Barton shop. Picture by Mark Westley.
Trust chair, Kate McFarland with project coordinators, Roz Scott and Sarah Bullen, at the Great Barton shop. Picture by Mark Westley.

Now with more than 30 volunteers, it has also expanded its network of suppliers and is soon to join a national initiative called Community Fridge.

“The Community Fridge network rescues good quality, surplus food, from local food retailers, producers, growers, restaurants and households,” said Kate McFarland, chair of trustees.

“It means we can now stock items such diary products, meat and things you would usually find in a chiller at a supermarket.

Inside the Great Barton shop at Freedom Church
Inside the Great Barton shop at Freedom Church

Over the past year, our network of suppliers has grown significantly and we have recently been linking up with a number of warehousing companies, for example.”

The charity last year won three plaudits, including Suffolk’s Creating the Greenest County Award for Waste Reduction and Recycling, as well as Covid support awards from the county’s High Sheriff and Lord Lieutenant. It collects food directly from supermarkets, independent retailers, producers and distributors.

Kate added: “The variety of the food we are able to redistribute is of very high quality, often well within its before before date, thanks to our growing network.

"We’re looking forward to opening the Community Fridge, expanding our capacity for storage and welcoming new volunteers.”