Who We Are

*Keep an eye out for our shiny new video!*


Food Sharing is a food-waste reduction movement that started in Germany, connecting businesses with excess food to people that could eat it. In 2013 a group of students began Food Sharing in Edinburgh, and since then groups have popped up in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Stirling and Dumfries. Our core activity involves re-distributing excess food from businesses to the community. We also facilitate the exchange of excess food between individuals (mostly on Facebook), run Disco Soup event and host educational workshops.
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About Food Waste




We envision a food system that ends the status quo of food waste. This food system fosters empowered communities of happy, healthy people whose active engagement with the food system helps them live in balance with their environment.

 Share and Receive Food

We are about to launch an app that will make food sharing easier for you. Bringing the experience of our food waste activists, our non-profit app will promote a culture of non-monetary sharing culture within Scottish communities. The app will enable you to exchange food with your neighbours and will give information about Food Sharing events taking place in your area. It will be available for android, iOs and webapp. Join our mailing list to get the latest news:


Collection Points

Food Sharing distributes excess food to communities across Scotland for free. There is no restriction on who can receive this food, it is free for everyone. We kindly request that you don’t use food for any commercial purpose (e.g. sell it) or throw away edible food.


  • Collect free bread and pastries every Wednesday at midday from our Waste not Wednesday stall on Middle Meadow Walk.
  • Free food available for everyone from our “free bread shelves” at the Forest Cafe, during opening times (most days until 10pm).
  • Free food available for UoE students from our “drop box” in the auditorium at the UoE Chaplaincy, 9 til 4, Monday till Friday during term time.
  • Free veg available from the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh on Tuesdays between 12 and 3.
  • Free food available from Sketchy Beats during their opening hours


Collect free food from the Food Sharing Box in AUSA (Aberdeen Uni Student’s Association) Johnston on College bounds.


Collect free food from the Food Sharing Point at the Project cafe on Renfrew Street.


Collect free food from the weekly food stall at the Stove Cafe.

 What We Do

We are aiming to save 100 tonnes of Carbon this year through the following activities:

Collection and Redistribution

Food Sharing collects good quality excess food from local businesses and re-distributes it to the community. We share food with friends and neighbours, at events, with charities and social enterprises and in publicly accessible dropboxes. These businesses have no obligation to donate their food but chose to avoid seeing good food go to waste.
Click here to explore the full list of businesses we work with!

Sustainable Food Education

Food Sharing Edinburgh runs a series of sustainable cooking workshops in student halls, teaching students basic cooking skills and tasty no-waste recipes. Volunteers run these workshops after being trained by a chef. Email us to get involved: foodsharingedinburgh@gmail.com.

Disco Soup

Disco Soup is a global movement of people uniting to reduce food waste to a Disco Beat! We bring the community together to chop and cook “waste” vegetables into an amazing soup which is given out to guests for free.

Keep up to date by liking the Disco Soup Facebook Page!

Here’s how we’re doing so far:

Collections from Businesses
Food Sharing App and Facebook Group
Disco Soup
Sustainable Cooking Workshops
Food Waste Prevention Advice


If you can’t find what you’re looking for online, drop us a line or drop by and say hello!

Food Sharing Edinburgh

Based in the Shrub Coop, 13 Guthrie Street, EH1 1JG
Email: foodsharingedinburgh@gmail.com
Facebook GroupFacebook Page, Twitter

Food Sharing Glasgow

Based in the Eco Hub office of the Queen Margaret Union,
22 University Gardens, Glasgow
Email: foodsharingglasgow@gmail.com
Facebook Group, Twitter


Food Sharing Aberdeen

Based in The Corner in the Student Activities Centre, First Floor of the Hub (AUSA),
Elphinstone Road, Aberdeen University
Email: sharedplanet@abdn.ac.uk
Facebook Group

Food Sharing Stirling

Based in the Green and Blue Space at the University of Stirling
Facebook Group


Food Sharing Dumfries

Based in the University of the West of Scotland
Facebook Group, Twitter


Get Involved

You can sign up to our mailing list, or apply to be one of our lovely volunteers.
If you have any other questions, queries or suggestions, feel free to email us at foodsharingedinburgh@gmail.com!

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Find out about volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are the reason Foodsharing is able to exist.
If you’d like to be a volunteer, click below to see the opportunities available at the moment!