Pioneering 'Feeding the 5,000' project to highlight food waste
A FREE lunch was created from food saved from being thrown away when “Feeding the 5,000” was held for the first time in Bristol.
The event on College Green was organised to highlight the high level of food that ends up in landfill sites, which could go to families who desperately need it.
Run by FareShare South West, it had the backing of a number of organisations and businesses, including the Bristol-based Soil Association and the city council.
Celebrity chefs and bakers, including Tom Herbert from the Fabulous Baker Brothers TV series, Chris Wicks and Tom Hunt were also involved in the day.
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Jacqui Reeves, project director at FareShare South West, said the aim was to show how much waste was produced by the food industry, which throws away millions of tonnes of produce, some only rejected because of minor imperfections.
About a tonne of vegetables and nearly as much fruit was donated to go into the curry lunches, with some 40 volunteers involved in preparing the meals.
Around 500kg of fruit was provided for juicing and a stall selling “wonky” vegetables was also set up.
Visitors to the event were asked to sign a pledge promising to cut their own level of food waste and calling on businesses to do the same.
Tristram Stuart, food waste campaigner and founder of the Feeding the 5,000 movement said: “Today was all about celebrating the positive solutions to food waste which is quite simply to eat and enjoy food rather than throw it away.”