Scouts Make Food Better

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Love Food
Hate Waste
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We are excited to introduce Make Food Matter - a fantastic new activity that helps young people learn how to save food and protect the planet. It’s funded by Postcode Earth Trust as part of the existing partnership between Love Food Hate Waste, Recycle Now and the Scouts, and the Scouts have helped us to develop this activity so that it’s suitable for young people.

The fun and easy two-week activity explores the impact that throwing edible food away in their homes has on the environment and their communities and suggests simple ways they can make a difference. It may also count towards achievement of the Scouts’ Environmental Conservation badge and the Beavers’ Social Issues badge.

The young people will keep a Food diary in the first week, to see how much food they throw away at home. In the second week they will keep a Food Saver diary, where they can record how much edible food they have successfully saved from going in the bin.

Love Food Hate Waste has produced an activity pack for young people to use that is also suitable for Group leaders within the community. The pack includes an activity sheet, Food diary templates, Asto-nosh-ing food facts cards, Easy Peasy food saver tips and a recipe for end-of-bread crust Mini Pizzas – to use up left over bread, one of the UK’s most wasted foods.

The activity is suitable for all ages, with appropriate supervision. Young people completing this activity will start to build a healthy and more sustainable relationship with food, including developing some good food habits. They will also have begun to explore how to take personal responsibility for their impact on the environment and developed team working, problem solving and creative skills.

Sarah Clayton, Head of Citizen Behaviour Change at WRAP, said:

“As UK citizens, we waste 7.1million tonnes of food every year. This is enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall 100 times over. The shocking fact is that 5 million tonnes of this food could have been eaten. We are delighted to be working with the Scouts to empower young people to take action to look after our wonderful planet by learning simple ways to save their food from the bin. ”

Simon Carter, Assistant Director for the Scouts said:

As Scouts and responsible citizens, we need to minimise the amount of food that ends up in the bin. Helping young people to develop the skills they need to reduce food waste and to lead by example and encourage their family and friends to do the same is a key part of what we are about.

“We are pleased to be working with Recycle Now and Love Food Hate Waste on this project and we value the support given by the Postcode Earth Trust to help us in this work.