Fighting hunger and putting a stop to food waste: The Olio and One Stop story

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Olio and One Stop started working together in 2021. Since then, we’ve rolled out our Food Waste Heroes Programme across 732 One Stop stores, working together closely to make sure as much food as possible is rescued and redistributed locally across those sites.

Celebrating our impact in 2023

2023 was our strongest year yet, and we’re incredibly proud to reveal the impressive  impact we achieved during that time frame. 

Last year,  through our partnership, we rescued  just over 155,000 meals. 

That food went on to feed 14,000 families – saving 50 million litres of water from being wasted, and stopping the equivalent of 282 tonnes of Co2 from entering the atmosphere. That last bit is like cancelling out 150 return flights from London to New York!

Olio and One Stop’s joint impact in 2023

meals rescued
million litres of water saved
tonnes of Co2 diverted

A national convenience retailer committed to supporting local communities

As a community convenience retailer, One Stop is proud of the strong connection that each of its stores have with communities they serve. Our food sharing partnership is just one of the ways One Stop is committed to making a difference to the lives of local people up and down the country. Community is at the heart of everything we do here at Olio, so we’re delighted to be working with passionate, like-minded people across the One Stop team.

Hear what our volunteers have to say

To celebrate our 2023 impact, we spoke to a couple of our volunteers, who have been so crucial in helping us make this partnership a success. Here are some of their highlights from their experience of volunteering with Olio and One Stop:

Carolyn, an Olio volunteer collecting from One Stop Higher Blackley Manchester

“The staff at our One Stop store are lovely – always very friendly and helpful. They always have the surplus food ready when I arrive and are genuinely pleased that it is being shared and not going to waste.”

Jorge, an Olio volunteer collecting from One Stop St Andrews Walk

“I come from a country where supermarkets prefer to throw away food rather than give it away – through this app I have met many people […]  My neighbours are very happy with the food. Thank you for this opportunity.”

Here’s what Saasha Celestial-One, Olio’s COO and co-founder, had to say about our joint impact in 2023: 

“We couldn’t be prouder to be working alongside one of the UK’s best-loved community retailers to fight food waste and feed communities across the UK – especially while the rising cost of living means so many are going hungry. It’s been great seeing our partnership going from strength to strength, and we’re even more excited for what we can achieve in 2024.”

A thank you from Olio

To all of the wonderful Olio volunteers and One Stop store staff who’ve made this partnership possible – thank you. We can’t wait to see what the next 12 months brings.