Some of you already know about this app I’m sure. It’s been around a while, people or companies use it to give away free food.

What you might not know is it expanded is there is more on offer now it is not just food.

If you have some surplus food, or other bits and pieces that you’d like to give to someone you may not be able to afford them, or just too prevent waste which is main object of the app, then download it, have a browse and pop bits on there.

Food is usually on there for a limited time and you will have to pick it up at the time and place agreed by the person giving. If there is more than one package waiting to be collected then please just take your own one and not other people’s as well.

Here’s a link to find out more information https://olioex.com/


At least Covid was tidy.

I don’t want to, but feel I need to talk rubbish!


During the main Covid19 lockdowns in the UK I couldn’t help but notice something. People were suddenly so far more appreciative and caring of the countryside.

Far more people were out and about walking, running, cycling and wheeling around the local countryside roads than I’ve ever seen, before or since.

That was natural, everyone was bored of looking at the same 4 walls each day. So outdoors was the only option, places were closed and social distancing was the order of the time.

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I noticed that despite the massive increase in people, and their dogs. The verges were so much cleaner and tidier, people were taking their rubbish home, or dropping it in a bin on their way. They were also going out litter picking cleaning up after others who didn’t quite get the fact that looking after nature is our collective responsibility.

Sadly I am now noticing that the levels of rubbish, empty bottles, wrappers etc … are being dropped and left again. We really haven’t learnt have we.

Cost of food, and not wanting people to know you’re struggling – or determined to pay your way.

Ok so by now most people are aware that foodbanks exist, I wish there wasn’t a need for them, but many are in need, and they help so much. Also many Churches will help if you’re in a tight spot and need a bit of extra support.


But, there are others who are struggling just as much but are too embarrassed to use food banks, or have been brought up to always pay their way whatever the circumstances. Only the other day I was party to a conversation on this subject. Someone was talking about a place that provides free food – not a foodbank, but the food is provided for nothing. I had to explain that these kinds of places are available for absolutely anyone to use as often as they wish, they are available across the country (UK) run by various people independently and purely with the intention of reducing food wastage.

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The food is perfectly safe to eat, but is often short dated, or on the last day where it cold have been sold, so stores donate it to reduce the amount thrown away. Also some people who grow their own produce and have a surplus supply give some to these places – often called community fridges, or pantry’s. If you are interested in these either for an environmental or financial point of view, please please make some enquiries in your local area and find out what’s  available. You could even come back and leave a comment if you find and use one near you.