As the home of the City of London Corporation, Guildhall is a strong supporter of sustainability at events, and one area of particular focus in recent years has been the redistribution of surplus food. Increasingly aware of the potential levels generated by events, the Guildhall team has been working to implement the infrastructure required to best ensure its redistribution to those in need. With this in mind, they recently brought together Plan Zheroes, a food redistribution facilitator aiming to tackle food shortages, with representatives from all fourteen of Guildhall’s accredited caterers.
As explained by Co-founder and Chair, Chris Wilkie, Plan Zheroes aims to ‘inspire people to be zero food waste heroes’, by connecting local charities who might be able to take a variety of food, to local businesses with food to give - ensuring any surplus food does not become food waste. The City of London Corporation actively encourages this relationship by providing a blast chiller in their main kitchen at Guildhall, enabling food to be cooled to an appropriate temperature and rendered safe for storage, transportation and subsequent consumption.
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While Guildhall’s caterers themselves are addressing excess food by reducing the amount prepared in the first place, the facility – and Plan Zheroes – are there should they be needed, and not just for Guildhall events. The team hopes that the conversation will be extended to events across London, reducing food waste while supporting as many local communities as possible.
Sarah Miller, Business Development Manager at the City of London Corporation, said, ‘Guildhall fully supports any initiative to help reduce waste and help those in our local communities. We hope that, by bringing together Plan Zheroes and a number of London’s leading event caterers, we can begin to redistribute deliciously prepared, well-sourced food of the highest quality to those who are very much in need of it.’