A food waste avoidance program


Shop.Cook. Save. was a regional food waste education program developed by the WSROC in 2016. The program was delivered thanks to $38,420 of Love Food Hate Waste grant funding from the NSW Waste Less Recycle More program.


Shop. Cook. Save. was designed to educate Western Sydney families about the benefits of planning meals, shopping to a list and cooking at home. By promoting smart shopping techniques and healthy cooking options, Shop.Cook.Save. sought to help Western Sydney families to save money on their weekly grocery bill and reduce food waste.


The program’s first cooking demonstration by former MasterChef finalist Jay Huxley was held at Parramatta North Public School. Jay showed families how they can minimise food waste at home with delicious recipes that avoid throwing out vegetable scraps. Everyone shared helpful tips and took the pledge to ‘shop smart, cook healthy and save money’. Follow the Shop. Cook. Save. Facebook page for program information and events. 



“Food waste is not only bad for the environment, it costs Australian families an average of $1000 a year in unused groceries,”
WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti.

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The first Shop. Cook. Save. cooking demonstration.
Left: WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti and MasterChef finalist Jay Huxley.
Right: Families from Parramatta North Public School participating in the program.

Participating councils: Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd, Parramatta and Penrith.

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