FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Guidelines

What are your Guidelines?
Even revolutions need a few guidelines, here are ours:

Good enough for you.
Only add food that you would be willing to eat yourself, or non-food items that could be of value to someone else.

Don’t be shy.
It doesn’t matter if you only give, only take, or do a little bit of both. It takes two to tango after all.

Courtesy is king.
Respect other OLIOers by describing your items accurately, responding promptly to messages and showing up on time.

Best judgment.
Use it in all interactions with your fellow OLIOers.

Have fun.
Sharing, and especially food sharing, goes way, way back, yet it’s something of a lost practice. Whether adding or requesting, we encourage you to be bold and experiment!

What can I add to OLIO?

You can read here what sort of listings are and are not appropriate for OLIO.

Where can I find more information on safety and hygiene?

For example, users in the UK should refer to the Food Standards Agency. More information can be found below. Also, all OLIO users are responsible for ensuring they are compliant with the safety and hygiene standards set out by their local relevant authority.

Food Standards Agency Publications on Safety & Hygiene
Food Standards Agency Kitchen Check Tool

Information on businesses’ hygiene can be found here:
Food Standards Agency Hygiene Ratings

Users in the USA should refer to the FDA

Users in Australia and New Zealand should refer to the Food Standards Agency

Users in other geographies should refer to their local relevant authority.