Feed 1,000 event spreads the Save Food message

Runners and spectators were in for a treat when the Save Food, Save Money volunteers took their stall to Greenhead Park and Crownest Park on the 5 and 12 May.

Each runner or spectator who pledged to reduce their food waste was given a goody bag made up by SCM Turbomotive Ltd that included recipes that use up leftovers, handy kitchen gadgets and banana cake.

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The goody bag

The aim of the event was to demonstrate how food that is going out of date could be turned into something delicious.

The kitchen staff at Ravensthorpe Junior School, St Thomas School in Bradley and Nields Primary School made over 1000 portions of Banana Cake made from 250 bananas that would otherwise have been thrown away.

Making a difference

At the events 510 people pledged to reduce their waste; 235 said that they would plan their meals and shopping better, 83 people said they would store their food to make it last longer by using their fridge and freezer more effectively and 192 people said they would reduce their portion sizes to minimise their food waste.

Any remaining portions of cake were donated to the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield and to The Pantry at Fusion Housing in Dewsbury.

Save food save money

The team are sharing the Save Food, Save Money message to try and reduce the amount we spend on throwing food away. A recent analysis of the average household waste bin in Kirklees showed that around 1/3 of the rubbish we throw away is food waste, which is an estimated 27 thousand tonnes of food in a year.  This costs the council and in the end the tax payer over £450 thousand pounds to throw away.

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The Moore family

A  national survey also estimated that an average family of 4 throws away £700 worth of food in a year.

Cllr Naheed Mather, cabinet member responsible for waste said:

“I am delighted that so many people got involved with the events, food waste is massive problem both locally and nationally.  By making small changes when shopping and in your kitchen you can save money and reduce what you throw away.

I would like to thank everyone involved including all the volunteers who helped on the day coordinated by Volunteering Kirklees. I would also like to thank Park Run, Huddersfield Live, Juniper Foodwise, The FINE team, Community Learning Works and of course Sainsbury’s Shorehead and Dewsbury for donating ingredients. Events like these are really important and we couldn’t do them without the support of the local community.”

Start saving now

More information can be found at https://www.foodkirklees.org.uk/

You can also follow the team on twitter @FoodKirklees  and on Facebook.

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