Reducing Food Waste

Despite good progress on reducing food waste in the UK, we are still throwing away lots of edible food. Cambridge Sustainable Food aims to raise awareness around this issue, enable local residents and businesses to waste less, and support organisations that offer innovative approaches to minimising food waste.

Projects we initiated or warmly support include:

  • Waste Less, Save More Campaign was launched by Sainsbury’s nationwide, and Cambridge is proud to be one of 29 cities taking part in the challenge to significantly reduce food waste across the city.
  • Love Food Hate Waste Campaign in Cambridge 2015-16: we launched the campaign in May 2015 with a ‘food waste punt stunt’; over the summer we took the campaign on a roadshow to festivals and country fairs around Cambridge; we worked with Recycle for Cambridge to distribute kitchen caddies and other LFHW kitchen gadgets and freebies at our stalls. We reached over 1200 local residents in May – July 2015.
  • Pumpkin Rescue Festival – 2017 will be CSF’s third annual pumpkin festival, where we will continue a wide variety of events, including pop-up cafes serving pumpkin dishes, a kids’ disco soup, a ‘Feed the 1000′ event, cookery workshops, a pop-up farmers’ market, spooky ghost walks and ‘Let’s Squash Food Waste’ stalls on the market square. Take a look at highlights from the festivals in 2015 and 2016.
  • Cropshare: this is a community farming project organised by Transition Cambridge. These events are advertised on our website and newsletter, and are a great opportunity to experience work on an organic farm.
  • Cambridge FoodCycle takes surplus food from local supermarkets and groceries to cook free, delicious and nutritious meals for the local community, in particular those suffering from food poverty. They currently offer two weekly community meals.
  • Queen Edith’s Abundance promotes community-led ‘swapping and sharing’ of fresh produce at events throughout the year.