Zero-waste restaurant Silo teams up with food poverty charity for fundraising feast

FareShare Sussex marks 15 years of tackling food waste and fighting hunger
FareShare Sussex marks 15 years of tackling food waste and fighting hunger

A Brighton restaurant famous for its zero-waste approach to food has joined up with charity FareShare Sussex to host a special fundraising event.

The event at Silo will celebrate 15 years of FareShare Sussex tackling food waste and fighting hunger across Sussex and the wider region.

Zero-waste restaurant Silo, Brighton

Zero-waste restaurant Silo, Brighton

The menu is set to combine the innovative culinary skills of the Silo chefs using surplus FareShare Sussex food, combined with local seasonal produce to create five courses.

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Each course will be accompanied by a bouquet of wine by local bio-dynamic farmer Davenport Wines.

There will be a talk by Tristram Stuart, author and food waste campaigner, and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses to raise funds for FareShare Sussex.

FareShare Sussex redistributes surplus food that would otherwise go to waste to over 120 local charities and community groups that support vulnerable people. Beneficiaries range from homeless hostels and school breakfast projects, to rehab centres, women’s refuges and elderly lunch clubs.

The charity prevents more than 10 tonnes of food from going to waste every week.

Rachel Carless, development manager at FareShare Sussex, said: “Since first opening 15 years ago, FareShare Sussex has helped and continues to feed thousands each and every week – a phenomenal achievement which is testament to the charity’s tireless commitment to fighting hunger and reducing food waste.

“We do a great job of helping those experiencing food insecurity in our communities, providing meals to vulnerable people from all walks of life, whether children, elderly, homeless, or victims of domestic abuse. But we know there is a demand for greater support, which is why we are so grateful to Silo for its incredible generosity in supporting our mission and hosting the event.

“In Sussex, we have ambitious growth plans and aim to triple the amount of food redistributed over the next three years – so that we can help feed more people across the region who vitally need it.

“We encourage anyone interested in helping the vulnerable in their community to join us at Silo in celebrating an important 15 years of fighting hunger in Sussex – any support can make a real difference!”

Doug McMaster, Silo owner and head chef, said: “Tackling food waste is a two-sided coin. Silo’s is a model that prevents waste from the outset, and FareShare ensure the surplus created by the wider food industry does not end up in the bin. We’re extremely grateful to partner with FareShare Sussex, knowing that we can see both sides to better understand the bigger picture. Our partnership will serve as a reminder of why we do what we do.”

The partnership between Silo and FareShare was established earlier this year with a discretionary £1 donation on Silo’s food bills offering customers the opportunity to support the food waste fight when they visit the restaurant.

FareShare Sussex 15th anniversary meal takes place at Silo, Upper Gardner Street, Brighton from 6pm on Thursday November 22.

To purchase tickets for the fundraiser meal, visit: silo.dinesuperb.com/reserve/guests

For more information about FareShare Sussex, visit www.faresharesussex.org.uk