OLIO is a free app, and website, that connects neighbours with each other and with local shops & cafes so that surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. Users (consumers, OLIO volunteers or local businesses) simply snap a picture of their items and add them to OLIO. Neighbours then receive customised alerts and can request anything that takes their fancy.

Pick-up takes place – often the same day – at the home, store, an OLIO Drop Box, or another agreed location. Items typically found on the app include food nearing its use-by date from shops, cafes and markets; spare vegetables from the allotment; cakes from an amateur baker; or groceries from household fridges when people go away, move home or start a diet.

All the food on OLIO is either available for free, or for a ‘pay as you feel’ donation to charity

How it works


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