The Sodexo catering teams at several English universities have saved over 1,500 meals from going to waste after signing up to the Too Good To Go app. The app allows customers to buy unsold food from university canteens at discounted rate. The app is now being trialled by the French foodservice giant at a number of establishments, including University College London and Coventry University.

Out of 3,744 reviews it gained a massive 84% in excellence. One review quoted “Had my first bag from a cafe I know and trust today, and was really pleasantly surprised. All vegetarian (I’m not, but am fine with tasty veggie foods), and the quantity was amazing. For £2, I got 4 roasted butternut squash, spiced couscous and pesto crusty rolls, 2 ciabatta rolls stuffed with spiced falafel/bean burger, hummus, slaw and salad. Add in 2 slices of carrot cake and a giant chocolate fudge cookie, and it’ll keep me going for a good day or two”.

Ana Svab, corporate responsibility manager at Sodexo, quoted “As part of our Better Tomorrow 2025 commitment, Sodexo has signed up to the UN goal to reduce food waste, and we also have our own target of halving food waste by 2030”.

“The Too Good To Go app is an easy way to reduce the amount of food that is fit for consumption being disposed of unnecessarily.

The app that allows customers to buy unsold meals at a discounted price has saved 3,000 kg altogether of waste so far. The team at UCL, which goes by the name of Food Federation UCL, joined forces with the app in October 2018, and has already rescued over 1,000 of the 1,500 meals. On the app customers can find meals such as: lasagne, salad, tofu stir fry and free yogurt pots. From each canteen there are around 10 meals available between 2:30-3pm, during the lunch period. Neil Whittle, Sodexo’s contract director at UCL, quoted “We are committed to reducing food waste and are always looking for innovative ways we can make our meals go further”.

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