The British Dietetic Association’s Let’s Get Cooking initiative has launched its first community fridge at the New Brighton Baptist Church in Wallasey.
Local people will be able to contribute left over or excess fruit, veg and other food which will be free for anyone to take.
The new facility has been set up as part of the wider ‘Let’s Get Saving in Merseyside’ project which is designed to help Merseysiders reduce their food waste. Let’s Get Saving has been funded thanks to a £25,000 grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) & Veolia Community Fund.
The new fridge will form a part of environmental charity Hubbub’s growing national network, which they have committed to doubling by the end of 2020. The fridges are maintained by local communities and each save on average half a tonne of food per month.
Let’s Get Cooking Project Manager Suzanne Mitchell said: “This is a great new resource that will help the local community reduce their food waste, and help those in need access fresh and healthy food. BDA is actively campaigning on reduce food waste as part of our One Blue Dot initiative and have called on all major parties to take urgent action to end food poverty and hunger.”
Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “Analysis shows around a third of a Merseyside household bin is made up of food waste so it’s a big issue with significant environmental impact. Aside from the waste issue householders could also save themselves money by checking their cupboards, using a shopping list and buying only what they need. Shopping smarter a family of four could save up to £70 a month.”
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Notes to the Editor:
- Let’s Get Cooking is a hands-on programme teaching everyone about food and how to cook healthy meals from scratch. We work with commissioners, schools, parents, companies and communities to support their vision to improve health through food and cooking. LGC is owned by the British Dietetic Association.
- The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 9,500 members.
- Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.
- The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund 2019/20 has seen 11 community groups from Merseyside and Halton receive a funding boost to help make the region a cleaner and greener place. The financial support will see the groups help reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.