Booker: what food to expect
Booker is a Cash and Carry wholesaler so you will likely collect a variety of items from such as chilled 'use-by' items such as cooked and uncooked meats, dairy and eggs; ambient grocery, such as tins and juices; various whole food items such as fruits and vegetables, with no date.
It is likely that food may be offered that has passed its best-before date. *Please remember that best-before is due to the food quality and not food safety*, so Food Waste Heroes can still collect these items. For chilled items with a best before date please ensure that this food is distributed within 24 hours, and for all ambient best before items please use your best judgement to ensure that the food is visibility safe to eat.
The quantity of food will vary day-by-day and also by branch. It's a good idea to check in your squad's group chat when you join and ask your fellow Food Waste Heroes about the size of food hauls they’ve experienced. Typically, one Food Waste Hero, with a car, will be able to manage a collection themselves.
Food Waste Heroes are expected to collect however big or small the food collection and should not reject a food collection based on the size if it’s seen as too small. Otherwise the food will be put in the bin anyway which goes against Olio’s mission of preventing food waste! :-( Therefore, we kindly ask you to go along to the collection regardless of the collection size. As we recruit locally, Food Waste Heroes should not be travelling too far to collect.
If it’s a large collection, please only take what you can safely store at home and distribute, even if it means having to leave some food behind at the site. If there is too much food to collect for 3 consecutive collections, then please flag this to Olio using the Food Waste Hero Issue Report Form.