8th Plate is a food salvage project which works with festivals, events and street food to salvage “would be waste” food and redistribute it to the vulnerable people locally to the event. The model is designed to empower traders and event organisers to set up the food salvage systems as an integral part of their event operations ultimately without the need for additional resources.
Thousands of tonnes of perfectly good food is sent to landfill each year after going unsold at festivals and outdoor events. The number of unknown variables at live events means that large amounts of perfectly good food often goes unsold.
A proportion of the food left over can’t be kept until the next event for food safety reasons, so it ends up going to landfill. The solution? Bring food off site so that it can be eaten before it becomes unsafe