The main aim of the Best Before Project (new name Still Good Food) is to ensure that edible food is diverted from being thrown away, however we realise that we are also a very important community asset supporting people who are on low incomes and in vulnerable housing situations.
In order to continue the valued work of the project we need to be able to cover the costs of running the shop and some volunteer expenses, for example training and longer journeys to collect food donations.
In order for the shop to become self funding, from April in 2019 we will be asking all users of the shop to make a minimum donation of £1 per bag of food that they take. If users are able to make larger donations, then this is encouraged and very much appreciated.
We realise that this is a change in policy, but feel that the amount we are requesting is still small and given the number of people coming in to the shop this should provide enough money to cover the overheads of running the shop. In addition, some of the longer journeys are bringing in food of a very high quality which we feel a donation should be made for.
If users of the shop are unhappy with the change of policy, they are welcome to contact the core management team to discuss the decision through the contact form on the website, or by leaving their details in the shop for someone to call them back.
Any abuse of shop volunteers will not be tolerated and will result in an immediate ban from the shop.
The removal of food from the shop without making a donation will be treated as theft and will result in an immediate ban from the shop.
Failure to respect bans from the shop may result in the police being called.
I hope you can appreciate all that we are doing, donating our time and transport costs that we pay for out of our own pockets to bring you this valuable non-profit service.
Thank you very much for your continues support 🙂