WCDA’s Surplus Food Project

The following companies are donating food to us, which is short dated or slightly ‘out of date’. The food is perfectly fine to consume.


Food is available on:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

9.30 am – 2.30 pm*

Whitley Community Cafe

252 Northumberland Avenue

Reading

RG2 7QA

We do not ask for any payment. However, we would appreciate it, if you made a small donation to our Defibrillator Fund.

Some useful terms explained:

‘Use By’ and ‘Best before’ dates are about quality.

The best before date, sometimes shown as BBE (best before end), is about quality and not safety. The food will be safe to eat after this date but may not be at its best. Best before dates appear on a wide range of foods including:

  • frozen foods
  • dried foods
  • tinned foods

It is permissible to sell or redistribute food after the ‘Best Before’ date relating to it, provided it is not unsafe (i.e. it must be fit for human consumption and not injurious to health).


‘Display Until’ and ‘Sell By’ dates have been used by food businesses for stock control, although the latter has all but disappeared and the former is now used much less frequently. When they are used, ‘Display Until’ and similar dates are usually for stock control purposes and are not there to provide information on food safety or food quality.

* subject to availability

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