About Time You Met: Sinead Browne, Founder of Compliments of the HouseBy Alicia Grimshaw
Sinead Browne is the founder of Compliments of the House – a registered food redistribution charity that collects fresh, surplus cooked food from local restaurants and shares it with people in need at selected hubs across London.
Sinead was homeless after growing up in foster care before receiving a scholarship to train as a lawyer. Two years ago, she launched the charity to provide high-quality food leftover from restaurants which otherwise would go to waste. After Covid-19 forced their communal hub to close, Sinead decided to temporarily transform the charity into a delivery service, with groceries bought from supermarkets, in order to still provide support for those who are vulnerable and self-isolating. We chatted to Sinead about cooked food wastage, the detrimental effect covid-19 has had on our economy and ways people can help:
Can you talk to us about cooked food wastage and why is it a problem?
What do Compliments of The House see as a solution to the cooked food wastage problem?
What can people do beyond volunteering?
I understand that business owners are really busy so wanted to make the process of their signing up with us as uncomplicated as possible: it all starts with a call or email. A meeting is then set up to explain how it all works and what our commitment would be to them and theirs to us and our guests, to discuss liability and to share our contracts with them. Should they want to sign up with us they then chose the days and times they would like to donate and then a start date is picked. It really is as simple as that.
What can people do to support Compliments of The House?