On Friday, 25 March, the Love Food Hate Waste Project, in support of Climate Week, is visiting Leeds University where 1,000 hungry students will be fed on the same volume of food thrown away by a typical UK household every year – enough to make 1,000 meals! Europe Direct Leeds is a sponsor of the event and will promote the EU information about action for climate change.
Dishes such as sausage and bacon pasta, vegetable curry and rice or a poached fruit dessert will be available throughout the day.
Alongside the free grub, students will be treated to cookery demonstrations throughout the day from TV Chef Richard Fox, who will transform everyday leftovers into new and exciting dishes: “It’s about fab food from leftovers and store cupboard staples. With a few simple tips, advice and principles you can start to mix, match and combine to create gastro meals in minutes. It’s fun, incredibly tasty and won’t just save you loads of cash – you’ll be saving the planet too.”
The average British household unnecessarily throws away food worth £480 every year (this increases to £680 for families with children). And it’s not just peelings and bones. Most of this is good food, like bread, meat, cheese and vegetables that we buy but simply don’t get round to eating.
“But we’re not just focussing on the problem here; simple, positive solutions are the essence of the campaign and we want to show everybody how easy, cost effective and tasty it can be to cook, eat and live the Love Food Hate Waste way.
“And it’s not just students that can benefit from this great advice. With a little bit of planning and confidence in the kitchen, you too can banish food waste; saving yourself time and money and helping the environment.”
Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com to find out how you can save up to £50 per month
”It’s shocking the amount of food we waste as a nation and it’s often difficult to visualise, but try and look at it this way – imagine 10 Wembley stadiums filled to the brim with food, that’s how much food is bought but never enjoyed. And think about where it’s come from too – how far has that food item travelled to then end up needlessly in the bin!
PS. You can see photos from this event on our Facebook page.