Rise up and join the Guardians of Grub

If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world. It’s a startling fact, and one we are all trying to address, through introducing weekly food waste collections and educating householders on how to waste less of their weekly shop.

Food waste is in the spotlight. Last month, DEFRA held a symposium on food waste at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. Representatives from all areas of the food industry were invited to 

Step up to the Plate’ and put an end to food waste. Ben Elliot, the government’s Food Surplus and Waste Champion, asked delegates to sign a pledge, committing them to help end food waste for good.

At the Step up to the Plate symposium, WRAP launched our new campaign, Guardians of Grub, to help tackle the 1 million tonnes of food per year prepared in the hospitality and food service sector and then thrown away – 75% of which could have been eaten. With a suite of practical, business-focussed resources, our aim is to empower professionals across the sector to reduce the amount of food thrown away in their establishments – and we would love you to help us spread the word.

 

The campaign is aimed at everyone from Michelin star restaurants to your local pub. The ‘Guardians of Grub’ are the everyday heroes of the food and hospitality sector – the kitchen porter, the chef, the head waiter, the restaurant manager – who all play their part in ensuring that precious food is not wasted. It is about making simple, low-cost changes to the way food is bought, prepared and served. Please feel free to share the materials and inspire action amongst your networks. In addition to the business resources, we have a suite of campaign assets – posters, web banners, and more – that you can use to promote the campaign.

£6 million of funding available

It’s encouraging to see that the government is acting on food waste. This is supported by the announcement of the Food Waste Prevention Grants: £6 million of funding to support projects and organisations which are tackling food waste head on. Organisations which are diverting and redistributing surplus food from becoming waste are all encouraged to apply. The grant sits under the wider Resource Action Fund: an £18 million fund to support a variety of projects and policies in the areas of food, plastics, textiles, recycling infrastructure and litter.

The Food Waste Prevention grants are a great opportunity to support people in need in our communities, by connecting retailers and redistributors, and ensuring that surplus food goes to a good cause, instead of becoming waste.

We are excited that solutions are being offered to combat food waste. After all, it is not something that can be achieved by one person, or one organisation. We all need to work together to significantly reduce the food we waste; from CEOs of industry and local authorities, to kitchen porters and householders, it is time to step up to the plate.