A food waste avoidance program
A regional food waste avoidance program developed by the WSROC’s regional waste team successfully secured $38,420 of Love Food Hate Waste grant funding from the NSW Waste Less Recycle More program. The grant will be used to run a regional food waste education program called Shop. Cook. Save. that aims to educate Western Sydney families about the benefits of planning meals, shopping to a list and cooking at home. By positively promoting smart shopping techniques and healthy cooking options families will be able to save money on their weekly grocery bill while learning skills to prevent food waste.
In June 2016 the regional waste team started a host of educational events. Parramatta’s Farmers Market enjoyed the Shop. Cook. Save. photo booth with lots of locals posing with giant cutlery and speech bubble messages.
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 avoids 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.
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.