The Big Food Rescue: Series 1
Programme Following two men on a mission to change Britain’s food habits by rescuing the fresh food that supermarkets used to bin and getting it to the people who need it.
Outraged by the amount of fresh food that is binned in Britain, Robin Aitken and David Cairns are running a new charity that aims to take produce due to be thrown out by the supermarkets and divert it to people who need fresh food the most. They need to sign up supermarkets and wholesalers and find suitable charities that could benefit from the food. Meanwhile, trustee Michael tries to make every penny count in the search for a new van.
The new charity set up by David and Robin to try and change the food habits of Britain is expanding fast, maybe too fast. The project urgently needs to find volunteers to pick up the fresh food supermarkets are throwing away and deliver it to good causes. Making a deal with the Evening Standard newspaper in London gets 600 prospective volunteers phoning up – but will they actually turn up for the hard graft?
New volunteers are starting at the charity set up by David and Robin, and it is all hands on deck with the amount of edible waste bread they have picked up. Robin heads off to find more charities to sign up, trying to make sure all the fresh food waste goes to good causes. Can they find enough people to eat, and perhaps even drink, their way through the mountain of bread?
Things are looking up at the charity, but in their depot, a mountain of spaghetti needs shifting. How much pasta can the organisations that the charity deliver to actually take? The charity also needs to find more suppliers so they can provide hungry people with the balanced diet they desperately need.
Looking to expand the charity, the search is on for a second depot. In Luton, one man attempts to set up his very own food waste charity armed with nothing but a garage, a fridge and a car. And the chairman of the charity makes a special visit to the London depot to reveal whether the organisation has cracked the city.