Bit of a different post for you today, featuring an app that will feed you for less and help prevent food waste in Birmingham.
I discovered Too Good To Go about 6 months ago and wanted to talk about it, but at the time the places listed to grab food from were very limited. Now the app has some great businesses involved (both independents and chains) and after talking about it on Instagram this week I thought I’d share my thoughts about it.
*Please note, this is not a sponsored post and I’m not being paid to promote the app – I genuinely just like it and think some of you will too.
What is it?
The app itself is free to download and is designed to help you eat well for less and prevent unnecessary food waste. For a small amount (usually between £2.50-£4) you’ll be given a bag filled with edible treats that would ordinarily have cost you a lot more. You can’t specifically pick what you get, but you’re usually given a fairly decent amount of hot or cold food, depending who/when you visit. It’s all perfectly good surplus food that would ordinarily be destined for the bin, but you get to eat it for a few quid plus support local businesses and reduce food waste.
How does it work?
Download Too Good To Go. Each day the app lists which venues near you are taking part and what time you’ll be able to collect your food. It could be late morning, after lunch/mid afternoon, or the evening – you pay in advance via the app and pick up during your allotted time slot. There’s a limited number of slots available for each business, and some run out much faster than others, so it’s best to check the app late at night rather than in the morning.
Which businesses are involved?
It ranges from restaurants to bakeries and cafes and pretty much everything in between. The pick up places in Birmingham currently include the likes of Salcooks, Rebel Chicken, The Steamhouse, Vietnamese Street Kitchen, Morridge, Yo Sushi, Kuula Poke, Kanteen, and Yakinori, but there’s lots more to choose from. The full list is on the app, and more are being added every month. There’s a good mix of independents and chains, and it extends UK wide.
Why use it?
Aside from the fact that it’s preventing food waste, it often gets you a lot of grub for not much money. For example, I’ve previously had about £25 worth (public price, anyway) of sushi for under 4 quid. There’s usually veggie options available and most places will try to accommodate you if you really don’t like a specific thing, eg fish. It works outside of Birmingham too, of course.
You have to pick up at certain times (not all times are particularly 9-5 friendly) and some places have very limited rescue bags available per day. There’s also little to no choice re what’s inside your loot, and it can be a pretty random selection of things, so if you’re a fussy eater or have intolerances/allergies it’s probably not ideal. Some places also offer much better value for money than others.
Here’s some of the ‘food rescues’ I’ve had over the last few weeks as a ‘waste warrior’ to give you some idea of locations available and what’s in the bags/value for money. Hope this has been helpful – you guys seemed really excited to hear about over on Instagram earlier this week so here you go.
Where: Salcooks, Jewellery Quarter
What: Aubergine salad, warm sausage roll, almond and raspberry cake.
How much: £2.99 (insane value; this probably saved me about £8)
Where: Yo Sushi, Grand Central
What: Mixed sushi rolls (last time I got 15)
How much: £3.50
Where: Vietnamese Street Kitchen, Brindleyplace
What: Crispy belly pork rice bowl and a chicken salad
How much: £3.99
Like the sound of it? You can find out more about Too Good To Go or download the app here.
Please note: this is not a sponsored post and I paid for all orders made through the app.