Understanding & Tackling Attitudes to Food Waste in Schools

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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.

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

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

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