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Havering Council and Sainsbury’s offer 1,000 free lunches in Romford to highlight food waste

PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 October 2017

Havering Council and Sainsbury's offered 1,000 free meals over the course of two days, to highlight the true cost of food waste. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Havering Council and Sainsbury's offered 1,000 free meals over the course of two days, to highlight the true cost of food waste. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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Free meals were handed out at The Brewery, Romford, at the weekend.

Havering Council and Sainsbury’s offered 1,000 meals to highlight the true cost of food waste.

The Feed the 1,000 event took place on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 as part of the Waste Less Save More campaign.

People who visited the event received a free lunch, in exchange for making a pledge at the stall, promising to make one small change to help reduce their food waste at home. The leftover food from the event was donated to the Salvation Army and Romford Baptist Church.

Councillor Osman Dervish, cabinet member for environment, joined community chefs to give away healthy free meals – made from common leftovers. The council’s waste minimisation experts and Sainsbury’s staff were also on hand, offering handy tips to cut the scraps and save money.

Councillor Dervish said: “It was great to be a part of such a fun and engaging event. The large number of people who made a pledge to reduce food waste should be a reminder to everyone that we can all make a difference.

“Each year the average family throws away enough food to make a thousand meals. By making even a small change, such as freezing leftovers, or meal planning, you could save £60 from your monthly food shop as well as cutting the cost of the borough’s waste disposal, which last year totalled just over £14million.”

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