Getting started as a Food Waste Hero
What is a Food Waste Hero and how do I get involved?
Food Waste Heroes are OLIOers who pick up unsold surplus food from businesses to save it from going to waste. Learn more on our ‘Become a Food Waste Hero’ page.
Where can I find my Food Waste Hero ID?
How often can I collect food as a Food Waste Hero?
First of all, we're so happy to see so many Food Waste Heroes all around the world collecting and distributing surplus food in their local communities! Globally there are over 10,000 Food Waste Heroes and many of them are collecting regularly, that is once or twice per week, or irregularly, that is whenever it suits them and there's availability.
How much food can I expect to collect?
In short, it depends! Food Waste Heroes collect any and all unsold surplus food, so this is completely down to what the business has available. Having a car is not a requirement to be a Food Waste Hero, so we anticipate you will be able to collect comfortably by foot/other modes of transport from the vast majority of businesses.
Some businesses will frequently have larger volumes of food surplus so collecting by car may be easier. Please do check in your Squad's group chat to confirm if this is the case, and ensure you have sufficient space and time to safely store and redistribute the food after collection.
Why are no collection slots available near me?
All collection slots currently available near you can be viewed on the collection slots page on the Volunteer Hub.
Please note that collection slots are only visible to users living within a certain distance of the pick-up location for food safety reasons.
If there are no collection slots showing as available near you, then it's either because there are no participating locations nearby, or they have all been claimed by other Food Waste Heroes already.
This gives you the opportunity to sign up a new place to OLIO as a Squad Starter! We are relying on our community to help thousands of local businesses save food from going to waste. Sign up to our Squad Starter badge to learn more about this role and how you can sign up a new place to OLIO.
Yes, as long as you've paused or skipped your slot on the Volunteer Hub and they've claimed it!
NB you cannot send your partner, friend or flatmate to collect the food from the business, unless they've completed all required Food Waste Hero training modules and have claimed your skipped/paused collection slot via the Volunteer Hub.