Celebrating its one year anniversary on the 2nd December, I found myself spending my Sunday night visiting Foodprint, a social enterprise run by Enactus at the University of Nottingham with the aim to fight food waste by selling edible products for cheaper prices to students and members of the public alike. Located on 101 Sneinton Road as a local shop, there were an range of items to choose from, ranging from groceries to home care products. I may have even bought an item, or two.
With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, it was an overall pleasant visit with a number of students who are part of the team supervising the night. We were greeted with cupcakes and soft drinks on our arrival, at a ‘you can’t not’ kind of price for only 20p. As I browsed the variety of products, I was impressed by the amount that was on offer, the breads and pastries section overflowing with good quality products. It was almost like looking at the bread section in Morrison’s. As tiger bread is my favourite, I had to buy a loaf – unlike the ones in Tesco, however, for approximately £2 at least, I got mine for only 15p! It is a shop, let’s say, that would be every students dream.
There were also products that could fill a student’s cupboard, with essential items like pasta and curry sources, even taco seasonings as well – you could easily buy a load of items for under £10. There were also a small number of vegetables to buy: I went for a sweet potato and red onion (I know, how random) costing me 10p in total.
“It was easy to tell that all of the society members are the reason why Foodprint is still up and running”
Whilst cost was not the only aspect of this shop that made it so inviting, but also the customer service of the team. It was easy to tell that all the society members are the reason why Foodprint is still up and running and growing stronger by the day, enthusiastic about what they do and enjoy being a part of it. There was a true sense of community about the night: the group even going the extra mile to provide visitors with free Das Kino pizza and a live local band to make the whole experience a worthwhile one to be a part of.
Even though the location is too far for me to get to on a regular basis, it is safe to say that I am glad I visited Foodprint’s shop when I did, and I hope to go again in the future when I am not as far away.
Images courtesy of Olivia Morel.