DATE: 12 June 2015

The Great Waste is pleased to award £50 of River Cottage Canteen vouchers to the winner of the first Leftover Lunch. Sophie Clark, teacher at Stanmore Primary School, was the first to invite four friends to share a leftover lunch and send in their pledges to reduce food waste at home. The Leftover Lunch pack, which is available free to everyone, contains exclusive River Cottage recipes and activities to entertain guests while also getting to the heart of the topic of food waste.

On receiving her prize, Sophie said “The Love Food Hate Waste Leftover Lunch is a great idea and I found it really easy to run. I genuinely think the campaign is a really positive way to raise awareness of food waste.” She added “ It would be great if consumers would also start thinking about the personal choices they can make towards reducing packaging as well. For example, taking reusable bags, buying unpackaged items, buying products in 100% recyclable packaging and taking their own containers/ bags to put goods in”.

Sophie receiving her prize

Sophie receiving her prize from Jeremy Carter, Great Waste Project support officer

There are more prizes to win each month.  To take part, visit The Great Waste website and download the lunch pack which includes how to invite guests, what ingredients they need to bring and how to run the activities. After the meal, send in your pledges for a chance to win a prize like a bottle of bubbly or a signed River Cottage recipe book.

The Great Waste initiative is a joint venture with Winchester City Council and Winchester Action on Climate Change with 12 months of events and activities to help people reduce waste and increase recycling. Seven million tonnes of food is thrown out in the UK each year and over half of it could have been eaten. This is a significant part of the waste that goes to incineration in Winchester District.  The common food waste problems are buying too much, losing track of use-by dates and cooking too much.

The materials can be downloaded from The Great Waste website . A few Leftover Lunch boxes are still available. Anyone who wants one should contact thegreatwaste@winacc.org.uk via email.