Vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund and help us win £10,000!
Your vote could help us fund 12 'As Young As You Feel' intergenerational monthly meetups in 2018. Bringing together the younger and older people in our community in East Acton.
The monthly events will be planned and hosted by children and catered for by us, using delicious surplus food that otherwise would have gone to waste!
Head over to our project page to read the full proposal and watch our video (also above).
We held our first event, a Grandparents' Tea Party this October (more about that below) and it was a great success.
Its super simple to place your votes too. All you have to do is head to the Aviva page, register and start voting.
You have ten free votes to play with and the projects with the most votes go through to the final Judges round, who will then decide who to award the money to.
You have until the 24 October to the 21 November to get your votes in.
The Aviva Community Fund (having over 6,000 projects on it) apparently have been getting 20,000 hits a minute causing mega crashes for those trying to vote.
So if you've tried with no luck please keep trying - we really appreciate it.
And remember please share our project page and get your friends, family and work colleagues to vote too!
Grandparents Tea Party
On the 5th October, we held our very first intergenerational meet up! Hosted by the children, they invited their grandparents (and non-grandparents) to come along to a 'surplus food' tea party. The food was provided by us (thanks to our fantastic food partners City Harvest and Plan Z Heroes). We served tea, delicious cakes, pastries and cucumber sandwiches.
The brilliant Maternity Champions from Old Oak Centre came and helped out at the event, as well as Old Oak Primary's TA's.
It was our first event with over 70 older and younger people in attendance. With your help, we hope to put on much more next year! You can help us turn food waste into food magic, please vote for our Aviva Community Fund project.
Remember it is entirely FREE to vote!
Bubble & Squeak at QPR
On Friday 29 September if you happened to be in attendance at the QPR v. Fulham game you may have seen a few familiar Bubble & Squeak faces on the pitch!
The children were invited by QPR to receive certificates of achievement for their community contribution for Bubble & Squeak before the match.
It's great that QPR wanted to celebrate the children's successes this way and as you can see by the photos what a fantastic experience it was for the children. Thanks QPR!
In the press ...
This September the brilliant Wildlife Watch featured us in their magazine. The publication (aimed at children) has an annual readership of 150,000.
Great to see our message spread so far and hopefully inspire #foodwastewarriors throughout the country.
Black Ballad Online
To celebrate World Food Day co-founder Lydia was featured in the online magazine Black Ballad, for their 'Meet Three Black Women Tackling The Food Poverty Crisis In The UK'.
Some more Crowdfunder love! We are delighted to be listed in Crowdfunder Online's article 'Our community is tackling and improving sustainability throughout the UK'. Nestled amongst some of the most prominent UK names in the surplus food game, its great to see our idea making an impact in the crowdfunding world.
Crowdfunder also asked Elly to take part in a Q&A webinar about our experience with match funding. You can watch the session on youtube.
#SurplusSquad Strikes Again!
Each week during term time we are diverting on average 40 kg of produce that otherwise would have gone to waste. The children (assisted by Elly) are excellent now at setting up the tables, carrying the veg together and doing some lovely merchandising with the produce. We tried colour coding last week - very nice!
Each week we also play a game of 'guess the name of the fruit and vegetable'. We go down the stall, pick up a piece of fruit or vegetable and have a go at naming it.
We always come across new things we haven't seen before or know what its called.
Shipping Container Update
If you are local to East Acton, you may have noticed that our shipping container has been delivered. We were fortunate to obtain a local second-hand shipping container via a contact in Acton. This embraces our philosophy of keeping it local and putting perfectly good things to use.
We checked out the unit, it was structurally sound, and its dimensions fitted the space at the side of the school. The fantastic Bill (site manager at Old Oak Primary School) organised the delivery over the summer (with inches to spare), organised the electrics and fitted new gates. So the unit has access to the public and a fence that makes it separate from the school.
Our final hurdle is to sort out flooring, shelving and to decorate it with a suitable Bubble & Squeak design! We are keen to continue with our 'waste not want not' philosophy.
So get in touch if you think you can help us! Maybe you have some shelving that's no longer needed? Or have an idea what could make it look great? We want this to serve a purpose of storing the surplus food but also be an inspiring place to be in!