Everton FC gives food-saving ideas a kick-around

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The Everton sessions aimed to bring young people together to work in teams to create a feeling of community around food.

Learning to cook for a group of people is a great way to help youth people to understand portion sizes and how much ingredients are actually needed rather than guessing.

Working with young people, about to leave home and gain their independence, means that crucial messages about food waste will become a part of their day-to-day lives in the future. The programme, together with Love Food Hate Waste, is also building confidence, teaching cooking skills and showing young people they can prepare their own healthy and delicious meals at home.

The plan was to equip young people with the skills and knowledge needed to plan meals, budget for food and be confident to cook healthy meals.

And so the team hosted Love Food Hate Waste 10 Cities cooking sessions for more than 30 young people from a variety of its community programmes including: Safe Hands; National Citizens Service and Breathing Space.

In a series of sessions held at the Goodison Park ground the support workers passed on important skills and knowledge about planning meals, buying, storing, cooking and freezing food.

Every group is different but the results have been the same. People who have never even considered the idea of food waste developed a whole new awareness of the problem. Combined with their new planning, budgeting and cooking skills they have all left the sessions equipped to become a part of the solution.