Last week we had an assembly delivered by ‘Fred the Fox’ and Kevin, the leader of ‘Fuel for School’ (the educational side of The Real Junk Food Project). They talked to Key Stage 1 and 2 about the impact of food waste on the environment and what we can do to help. The School Council and the School Food Ambassadors then took part in a workshop about food waste and food miles.
Did you know that 1.4 million bananas are thrown away across the world every day? Some of them have travelled over 4000 miles to get to the UK. Some supermarkets will not accept bananas that are too straight or too curved. As one of the children said, “Eh? It’s still a banana!”
You can do your part to help reduce food waste by:
- Making a list before you go shopping.
- Work out how much of an item you will need – only buy what you need!
- Freeze leftovers for another meal or use them to create another meal the next day.
- Purchase food from our school market stall. This food has come from Supermarkets and wholesalers who were going to throw them out. The food is all edible and meets food standards in relation to USE BY dates.
BEST BEFORE dates are guidance dates for when the food is at its best. You can eat food after the best before date.
USE BY dates should ALWAYS be followed. This date is there for food safety.
DISPLAY UNTIL and SELL BY dates are guidance for supermarkets only.
Please use your senses when checking food.
The market stall operates a Pay As You Feel system. You can pay for items you take with an amount of money you feel is appropriate or with your time or skills in school.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about our current projects, please come and see me.