Love Food Hate Waste in your community

Reducing food and drink waste is a massive opportunity for your community to reduce waste, save money and minimise your impact on the environment. Tools are available to help you bring the Love Food Hate Waste campaign to life in your community.

Why get involved?

Food lovers save money leaflet coverWasting food cost the average household £470 a year, rising to nearly £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of almost £60 a month. More than half of this food and drink we could have eaten.

The best thing we can do is make the most of the food and drink we buy rather than throwing it away – it’s best financially and environmentally. Just think about all the energy, water and packaging used in food production, transportation and storage. This all goes to waste when we throw away perfectly good food and here’s why. And if food is put in the rubbish bin it creates damaging greenhouse gases when it rots in landfill.

We throw away more food from our homes than packaging in the UK every year. If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.

How to reduce food waste flow chartThere are two main reasons why we throw away good food: we cook or prepare too much or we don’t use it in time.

The good news is that there are a few very simple steps we can all take to make the most of the food we buy and cut down on what we throw away – planning meals, understanding date labels, storing food in a way that keeps it fresher for longer, using up leftovers, and getting your portions right can all make a difference.

With rising food prices, Love Food Hate Waste really can help your community save money every week.

Getting started

There are lots of way you can bring the Love Food Hate Waste campaign to life in your community and lots of free downloadable tools to help you do it.

Making the most of the food we buy (PDF 4MB) is a handy guide to help you run your own Love Food Hate Waste campaign or activities, with ideas to suit a range of audiences and event styles.

Community engagement tools

In addition to the activities in the handy guide above, there is a range of other tools to help engage your community in the simple steps we can all take to make the most of food, cut waste and save money.

  • Food Waste Diary front coverFood Waste Diary (PDF 1.2 MB), a great challenge to see how much food is really wasted and why this happens.
  • Toolkit for cookery classes (PDF 7 MB) provided by Love Food Hate Waste to support kitchen know-how and top tips for good food management. (Can also be used for workshop environment or cookery demonstrations).
  • Storage Game (Somerset) (PDF 7.5 MB), provided by Love Food Hate Waste and adapted by SWP for Somerset. This game provokes discussion about what to do with leftover items and considers food safety. (Before you print, please note a laminated version of game is free to hire from SWP with other display items.)
  • Quick Quizzes, developed by SWP to support local campaign events. These are a great ice-breakers: Food for thought (PDF 46 KB); Savvy storage (PDF 42 KB).

See our Love Food Hate Waste support materials page for more items available locally, such as posters, recipe cards and display equipment.

Great posters to spark discussion

The Story of Food (PDF 700 KB)
The Facts About Food Waste (PDF 3.7 MB)
The Truth About Food Waste (PDF 3.9 MB)
Six Top Tips – How to make the most of your food and save money (PDF 5 MB)

Become a Love Food Hate Waste partner

Love Food Hate Waste partners can keep up-to-date with the full range of campaign support tools available free – simply sign up to become a Love Food Hate Waste partner.

Partners have access to editorial templates, new artwork and guidance for campaign messages.

You can also get the Love Food Hate Waste e-newsletter, The Bite; follow Love Food Hate Waste on Facebook or Twitter.

If you care about good food, cutting costs, and driving down waste why not become one of our Somerset Food Champion volunteers?  We will show you easy ways to save money and slim your food bin, and all you have to do is pass on those ideas to friends, neighbours and others in a way that suits you. We are not looking for experts. You just need to be keen to waste less, recycle more, save cash – and help others do the same.