Now running in 8 villages across the island!

The Food Share scheme has been running since November 2018. It started off in Lamlash and Brodick and has now grown to run every night of the week in villages around the island. An incredible network of over 50 volunteers collect the food from the islands Co-op supermarkets and take it back to their villages to distribute within the community.

Check out when the Food Share is in your village in the schedule below.

If you are interested in becoming a Food Share volunteer please get in touch with our Sustainable Food Coordinator Jess on jess@arranecosavvy.org.uk find out more here.

Volunteers are especially needed for the villages of Lamlash and Brodick though are welcome in all locations. 


The Food Share is to prevent food being wasted. When food goes in the bin not only are we wasting the food itself but we are also wasting all the energy that went into growing or rearing, manufacturing, transporting, storing and packaging the food. 

Food Share is open to all and to date the Arran community has diverted has saved a whopping 38 tonnes (or £350,000) worth of food from being binned. Special thanks goes to the staff at the Coops who have kept the scheme running and also to the network of volunteers who collect the food and distribute it within their villages.


Food share with the Co-op

Eco Savvy is partnering with the Co-op enabling us to collect and redistribute surplus food as a part of their new, national redistribution program. 

This is a nationwide Co-op initiative that enables local charities like ourselves to intercept surplus food before it reaches landfill.

Eco Savvy has entered into this partnership with the Co-op in collaboration with Brodick Food Bank. This means that on every collection day, the foodbank has first refusal. So far, there has been far more food than they are able to distribute or preserve in the small time-frame before the use-by or best-before dates hit. Thanks to generous contributors across Arran, the food bank is often at full capacity which leaves a huge amount headed for the bin! To avoid food waste, we have created foodshare evenings to allow anyone on Arran to collect food that has imminent expiry dates. We want everyone to understand that this is about food waste and it’s environmental impact; everyone is welcome to collect, regardless of personal circumstance. There is so much food that is wasted around the world every day, and if we can make a collective effort to divert some of that through support of this foodshare initiative, a significant difference can be made!

The food you’ll get will vary depending on what’s available on the day. Evening collections will typically be bakery, fruit and veg and also some fresh meat and chilled products.


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