Understanding & Tackling Attitudes to Food Waste in Schools – Workshops

UK households throw away 4.2 million tonnes of good food and drink every year – that’s enough to fill Wembley Stadium 9 times over, each year!  A third of the world’s food is thrown away. Yet over a million people in the UK alone now rely on Foodbanks to help feed their families.  This is both unsustainable and morally wrong.

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We offer a three prong approach to address within schools:

  1. Academic approach:
  • A visual presentation/film delivered by a PhD student researching food waste and food poverty about the global environmental and social issues surrounding food and how Manchester is making positive change to address this. Students will then have the opportunity to put their learning into practice with a task involving group work, discussion and sharing of learning outcomes.
  1. Practical Cooking:
  • A practical cooking session is delivered showing students how to cook food deemed past its best (eg. wonky carrots) & how to avoid food waste with tips & creative solutions. All food cooked is surplus /unwanted by the food industry that is re-distributed by Fareshare Greater Manchester based on New Smithfield Market.
  1. Field Trip:
  • To further highlight the extreme level of food wastage currently taking place, visits to Fareshare Greater Manchester (on New Smithfield Market, East Mcr) can be arranged where the volume of surplus food, that’s been saved, is seen first-hand.
  • groups of no more than 15 can visit with at least 1 member of staff chaperoning
  • all groups will be expected to abide by our Health & Safety policy
  • a fee of £15 will be charged


Successful workshops have been delivered at:

  • Urmston Grammar School
  • Burnage Academy for Boys

Comments from pupils:

  • You can keep food for longer and eat leftovers
  • I’ll think more about composting
  • You can make soups with bruised veg
  • Use a doggy bag of leftovers for lunch
  • Make smoothies
  • Today I found out that wasted food can be contributed to others and that the skin of foods has alot of nutrients
  • Today I enjoyed the cooking a lot because I learnt how to cook stir fry, also I learnt that you can eat some out of date foods
  • I’ve enjoyed cooking and learning new skills and how to prepare vegetables properly
  • Today I learnt that it is alot cheaper to buy foods instead of buying takeaways, also that not all foods need to be peeled.
  • I really enjoyed cooking the stir fry and I learnt how to peel ginger. Also I have gained new knowledge abut food wastage and democracy and the importance of it.
  • I enjoyed making the stir fry and I learned that food is rejected just because its a different shape or colour and people waste food even when its perfectly fine.

Teacher Comments:

  • The staff were experts in their field and managed to convey key messages to the students.
  • The project was absolutely fantastic.  All students were on task throughout and particularly enjoyed the practical element of the course.  The course was fun and engaging.  The food was amazing!


For further information please contact adele@crackinggoodfood.orgCosts depend on general logistics relevant to each school.


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