The Feed the 1,000 roadshow is making its way to Windrush Square in the heart of Brixton on Friday 23 November (11.30am-3.30pm), where it will feed one thousand local residents using the same budget that the average family spends on food wasted every year.
The average UK family throws away almost £700 of good food each year and this equates to around 1,000 uneaten meals. To visually demonstrate just how much food that is, the roadshow will be giving away 1,000 free tasty meals to visitors. There will be a chance to vote for your favourite edible treat and pick up some tips from the Love Food, Hate Waste team.
The event has been organised by waste company, Western Riverside Waste Authority in partnership with Lambeth Council in support of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. The roadshow will demonstrate to residents how to make the most of their weekly shop and select the food in their fridge, to help reduce food waste and save money.
Cllr Pete Robbins, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services said: “Every year in the UK we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes, costing us £12billion. Around a quarter of all the food we buy ends up being thrown away, when most of it could have been eaten.
“This is a great campaign from Love Food Hate Waste, as too many of us are still not aware that food waste not only hits us in the pocket – around £50 a month – but has a serious impact on the environment too.”
Lambeth’s Recycling bus will be parked on the square, dispensing lots of information about recycling and how to deal with your food waste through composting. Local charities working in food waste will also have stalls on site, dispelling some of the myths about ‘best before’ labelling and dispensing advice on how best to store food so that it’s healthy, safe and tasty to eat. Staff from Brixton Library will be on hand to show how joining the library can help to reduce your overall waste.