More than 2,500 people attended Let’s Get Cooking clubs in Merseyside and Halton to find out how to reduce their food waste. The sessions, funded by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) Community Fund with support from Love Food Hate Waste, focussed on waste reducing skills such as meal planning, portion sizes, food storage, using leftovers and understanding date labels.
‘Mersey Waste Munchers’ teaches practical food skills in a fun and supportive way which helps families cut their food waste and makes their budgets go much further. Since its launch in 2013, 100 percent of participants have reported reducing their food waste at home.
As a result of the project:
- 85% of families planned meals more efficiently by creating a list before shopping
- 78% chilled or froze leftovers to eat later instead of throwing away
- 70% avoided waste by checking the ‘use-by’ dates on packets and buying foods which aren’t about to go out of date
- Every family said they had reduced the overall amount of food wasted by their family since their involvement with the project.
Read more about the Mersey Waste Munchers programme and access useful resources to help you make the most of the food you buy.
We’re now recruiting for the third Mersey Waste Munchers healthy cookery project and are looking for groups with participants aged 16-25 from universities, further education colleges and through local housing associations. The new funding has been awarded based on the projects previous success, and covers training for 20 more Waste Munchers cookery clubs. To find out more and register your place please call Angela Furness 0114 299 6924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.