We will shortly launch our new initiative Your Food Needs You following on from a winning bid with Merseyside Waste and Recycling Authority Community Fund. Our exciting new project aims to reduce food waste cross Liverpool City region through events such as Disco Chops, community meals and Food Labs.
Why is food waste a problem?
Every year households in Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley dispose of approximately 59,000 tonnes of food. Hundreds of hours, gallons of water and tonnes of plastic packaging all go into making food that ends up being thrown away. That’s not to mention the money that households spend on food that they don’t end up eating. We are here to help you to find fun and creative ways to reduce the amount of food that is thrown away at home.
Food Labs and Disco Chops
We will be hosting a number of Food Labs and Disco Chops throughout the year, the first wave of events starts at the end of August in collaboration with The Gateway Collective and Swanside Community Centre. These will focus on ways to use up the most commonly disposed of foods, milk, bread, bananas and potatoes. We will also host pumpkin parties in the run up to Halloween. All of our events are free and suitable for all the family.
Zero waste week, 7-11th September, will also see the beginning of the Family Food Waste Challenge. Over a three week period volunteer families will be challenged to reduce their food waste. They will be provided with a compost bin and helpful tips on how to use up extra food they may have at home. Compost bins will be weighed by Alchemic Kitchen at the end of each week. participants will be encouraged to ask for recipe ideas from our social media community by using the hashtag #YourFoodNeedsYou. Food waste will be collected, composted, then donated to community grow projects.
Project officer, Helena Appleton, said “We can’t wait to get started with the Food Labs and Disco Chops we have planned. We are a region brimming with creativity and innovation, why can’t we bring that passion to the kitchen to tackle our household food waste?”
If you are keen to take part in the Family Food Waste Challenge, please email [email protected] or via social media @alchemickitchen