Making Food Go Further

  • New project will let people try out ‘some good ideas’
  • Could make ‘a big difference for all the families that struggle in the area’

A new Greening Wingrove project being launched this weekend, will aim to save local residents money, by making them more aware of how to use food they buy wisely.

One in five families in the Arthur’s Hill and Wingrove area struggle to eat well because of low incomes, according to project organisers. The new Waste Less, Save More project aims to make that pound in the purse or pocket go further.

“This project could mean a big difference for all the families that struggle in the area”, says project organiser and local resident Eric Siqueiros, who has a self-declared “passion” for fighting food waste.

The scheme is funded by Sainsbury’s, which has donated £20,000 to look at “innovative” community solutions to tackling food waste, as part of its Discovery Communities funding programme.

The project aims to appoint ‘Food Saver Champions’ who will receive training and create food saving materials to be distributed locally. A ‘Fab Foods’ programme has been designed to involve local schools, which will do audits on food waste and create “action plans” to reduce it. There will be a Waste Awareness Week where talks, workshops and demonstrations will be held, and the scheme will involve local people with “expertise” in reducing household food waste, says Eric.

The funding will allow local people “to try out some good ideas”, said Nigel Todd, chair of Greening Wingrove CIC, which he hoped would “be of value in reducing food waste across Newcastle” and contribute to wider city ambitions for managing waste.

A project launch event will take place Saturday 12 August at the Nunsmoor Centre in Arthurs Hill, from noon to 3pm. It will feature a demonstration involving waste food, “lots of information about the project”, food-saving tips and a smoothie bike!

For further information about the free family-friendly launch event, check our local events page.