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:

  • 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 – During our 2015 festival, over 1000 people attended a wide variety of events, including pop-up cafes serving pumpkin dishes, a kids’ disco soup, cookery workshops, spooky ghost walks and ‘Let’s Squash Food Waste’ stalls on the market square. In 2016, we held our second festival, which had over 2700 attendees, the highlights of which can be explored here.
  • 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.