Free meals in Wakefield to highlight food waste

Wakefield Council is teaming up with its waste management partner Shanks, to offer one thousand free lunches to residents in an event to highlight food waste.

On average each household throws away around £50 of food each month in the UK. This means country-wide that over £12 billion worth of food ends up in landfill.

To highlight the issue the Council and Shanks are inviting residents to a ‘Feed the 1,000’ event at Wakefield precinct on Saturday 19 September between 11am and 3pm.

The event, which is part of the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, will see professional and aspiring chefs create 1,000 meals for the event

The majority of ingredients used are being supplied for free by local producers and supermarkets and include produce that may otherwise have been thrown away.

This includes food such as bread, which although only baked the day before, has not been sold, or items that have passed their sell by date but not their best before date.

Cllr Maureen Cummings Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “This is a fantastic event which brings people together to share delicious food, while at the same time highlighting the important issue of food waste. So I’m encouraging people to come along, enjoy the day and find out more about what they can do.”

Colin Fletcher, Contract Director at Shanks Waste Management said: "Food waste is one of the most environmentally damaging forms of waste to be sent to landfill. We are committed to making more from waste by diverting it from landfill and converting it into usable products.

We look forward to meeting local residents at the event to share our knowledge and promote food waste minimisation."

Love Food Hate Waste also offers recipes for using up leftovers and handy tips and advice to help everyone waste less food.

This national campaign is run by WRAP whose vision is a world without waste. Most waste comes from preparing too much food, or not using it in time, so it gets thrown out.

People are welcome to come along on the day and join in the event.