WLWA partners with Let’s Get Cooking to reduce household food waste
West London Waste Authority has turned to England’s largest network of healthy cooking clubs to help educate young people on how they can reduce food waste at home.
The Authority has commissioned Let’s Get Cooking – run by the Children’s Food Trust with the School Food Trust – to launch 20 new clubs across Richmond upon Thames, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Harrow, Ealing and Brent, over the next 12 months.
Clubs will give young people practical advice and support on how to make the most of the food they buy so that they waste less. They aim to target young people, new families, students and people who are leaving the family home for the first time and taking responsibility for their own food shopping and cooking.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Chair of the Authority said: “We’ve teamed up with Let’s Get Cooking because we want to make people more aware of the impact we all can have on the environment by reducing the amount of food we throw away – and how much you can save off your food bill!
“From research, we know that about 7.2 million tonnes of food are thrown away in the UK every year, even though half of it is edible. It ends up in the bin because people cook too much or don’t use fresh food before its use-by-date, costing families up to £50 a month.
“During these club sessions, residents will learn how to make the most of leftover food and preserve it, so it can be stored safely and eaten at a later date, instead of being thrown away. They will learn how to follow recipes and make substitutions to use up what they have in their cupboards, and also learn the importance of food hygiene, food preparation and healthy eating.”
Let’s Get Cooking is now looking to recruit, train and support volunteers from the surrounding communities to run the clubs. They’ll receive advice and small grants to help out with ingredients.
Cat Sheppard, Let’s Get Cooking Regional Manager for London, said: “Joining this special programme will be a huge learning curve for everyone involved. Club members will be given an opportunity to learn new skills, while club leaders will gain experience that will appeal to future employers.
“We’re not looking for fully-qualified experts, just anyone who has an interest in cooking and a passion for food. It’s set to be a great platform to build confidence, meet new people and bring communities in West London much closer together.”
If you are interested in setting up a club, please contact Let’s Get Cooking at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7843 6056 for more information.