At Honest Crust, we love a good chat. We could talk all day about our range of delicious hand-prepared foods or our partnership with FareShare fighting food waste and food poverty. And with 8.4 million people in the UK struggling to get enough to eat, we need to spread the word to help create genuine change. That’s for sure.
We’re not alone in our mission – lots of great people think eating well, food waste and food poverty is a big deal, like our Honest Crust ambassadors. We caught up with some of them about the food causes they champion (and snuck in some sandwich chat too).
Food waste, Recipes, and Eco-friendly news
Shane is a vegetarian chef, educator and author of Food Waste Philosophy. He creates imaginative meals using surplus ingredients, and works with local councils, schools, and charities to show that dealing with environmental issues can be an exciting (and delicious) experience.
Vegan, realistic eating for vegans
Kay is a vegan food blogger from Newcastle-under-Lyme, sharing simple vegan meals and accidental vegan finds. Kay brings the vegan lifestyle to life – showing people that you can still shop locally and share a meal with friends and family. She tells how veganism is more than just quinoa and salad.
Amy Seeks New Treats
Snack reviewer, sharing products
Amy is a food reviewer and self-confessed chocolate and peanut butter addict, specialising in honest snack reviews from the UK and her travels. With around 40,000 followers, she starts a lot of conversations.
Gluten and dairy-free and helping and sharing Coeliac knowledge with others
Alice is a gluten and dairy free blogger living with Coeliac disease. She uses her blog and social media pages to share recipe ideas, eating out tips and knowledge with her 30.8k followers. She is motivated by helping others who have been newly diagnosed with Coeliac disease understand the sometimes daunting and difficult food group.
You recently reviewed our products - dare to share your favourite?
Shane: My favourite Honest Crust product was the Bhaji, Mango + Chutney gluten free wrap.
Kay: I loved the Mexican Chipotle gluten free wrap, anything spicy I love.
Amy: The Tuna Melt panini.
Alice: I loved them all! But my favourite was the gluten-free and vegan Bhaji, Mango + Chutney wrap.
Any top tips for gathering an Instagram following?
Shane: I don't try to persuade others to do things. Instead, I use my platform to express myself and show others what I have learned or what I am doing right now. I’ve built a reputation for my knowledge and expertise on food waste and eco-friendly products, as well as many other things.
Alice: I'm not sure why I’ve got so many followers! I think my page has grown because more and more people are being diagnosed with Coeliac disease, allergies, or intolerances, and it can be challenging. My page is a little helping hand with the transition.
What’s your favourite thing about Honest Crust?
Just because we like hearing it.
Amy: My favourite thing about Honest Crust is that they don’t mess around. It's ethical and tasty.
Shane: I tell people that Honest Crust works with FareShare to donate 200,000 meals to vulnerable people across the UK. It shows real compassion and encourages people to choose to eat Honest Crust over other sandwiches.
Alice: They have a great range of gluten-free and vegan products. It's very rare to find 'on the go' options that are both gluten-free and vegan, so they're a real godsend.
Kay: If you're looking for vegan options for lunch, you won't be stuck with a boring falafel and hummus option!
You guys are all meal masters and snack ninjas:
tell us your best food waste hack.
Shane: Use your freezer. Freezing food and labelling it is essential to prolonging its life, as well as dating food using a sticky label. Of course, not all food should be frozen, such as the following: gravies and sauces, watermelon, cooked potatoes, cooked pasta, and dairy products.
Alice: I usually make a big batch of pasta sauce, stew, or soup at the end of the week using up the old veggies from the fridge that would often go to waste.
Amy: Freeze, freeze, freeze. Learning that doughnuts freeze well changed my life!
Kay: When you've left your bananas a little too long to eat them, chop them up, freeze them and blend them to make ice cream — a great way to make a healthy treat.
Got the gift of the gab and a passion for good food and food waste? You’re in.
Shane, Amy, Kay, and Alice are just some of Honest Crust’s ambassadors across the UK supporting our mission to make great food and fight food inequality with FareShare. We shouldn’t need to be talking about food poverty in 2019, but it’s happening right on our door step. We should all play our part. The question is, are you in?
What does it mean to be an Honest Crust ambassador?
In 2018-2019, Fareshare redistributed food that should have gone to waste to UK charities, contributing towards 46.5 million meals for people who need it most. Let’s help them do more this year. Get in touch at email@example.com or start following us online and become an Honest Crust ambassador today.