The challenge is based on the fact that 1,000 meals could be made with the amount of money the average family wastes every year by throwing away uneaten food.
Kevin Parker, Regional Communications Manager for Veolia said: “In financial terms, this represents a shocking £700 a year, or around £50 a month, per household simply thrown away. Across the whole of the UK over £12 billion worth of food ends up in landfill.”
The event, which is part of the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, will see 1,000 meals cooked up and dished out for free. Love Food Hate Waste is the ‘Waste Not Want Not’ of the modern day, providing recipes for using up leftovers and handy tips and advice to help everyone waste less food.
Councillor Jim Creamer, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee said: “There are lots of easy ways to reduce the amount of food that gets thrown away like planning meals, measuring out portions and using up leftovers. This event is the last of the three events held across Nottinghamshire to help people find out more, save money, and do their bit for the environment.”
There will be local groups displaying information including the Nottinghamshire Beekeepers Association, Nottinghamshire Search and Rescue, Rushcliffe Play Forum, and the Nottinghamshire Scottish Association will be offering atmosphere and games alongside the Maypole Good Time Band. If your group, charity or school would like a free stand please contact us via: [email protected]
The Love Food Hate Waste national campaign is run by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) whose vision is a world without waste, where resources are used sustainably.
Research carried out by WRAP has shown that the main reasons for throwing away food can be grouped into two categories:
- Cooking or preparing too much – this can easily happen with foods like rice or pasta
- Not using food in time - having to throw out fruit and vegetables because they’ve gone off in the fruit bowl or in the fridge, or not eating food before it goes past its use-by date.
The ‘Feed the 1,000’ event is free to attend and is taking place at Bridge Field, next to Bridgford Park in West Bridgford on Sunday 15th June between 11am – 3pm.
Parking is limited in the car park next door, so residents are being asked to ‘Leave your car at home’ where possible.
A number of foodbanks operate across Nottinghamshire, collecting any tinned donations, dry foods or toiletries at Bridge Field we will be collecting donations for The Friary.