Alstonville Community Preschool join Food Smart Champions
Families and staff at Alstonville Community Preschool have joined the war on waste and are becoming Food Smart champions, learning easy ways to reduce the edible food they throw away through better shopping, planning, cooking and storage techniques.
North East Waste’s Food Smart project is aimed at raising awareness of food waste in the home and educating local families in food waste reduction techniques.
“The average NSW household throws away $70 of edible food every week, and with research indicating that families with children are amongst the top food-wasters, there are literally thousands of dollars of savings that can be made by families each year,” said Education Coordinator for North East Waste, Ms Linda Tohver.
“By participating in the Food Smart Program, families and schools will learn valuable shopping tips, time saving meal planning hints, leftover makeover recipe ideas and clever storage methods designed to make your food last longer – and get eaten by your family!”
Alstonville Community Preschool is one of 10 schools that are being selected to participate in the Food Smart Program.
Narelle Walker, Director of the preschool said, “The Food Smart program has been welcomed by Alstonville Community Preschool and is complementary to the sustainability initiatives we already have in place.”
“North East Waste came and ran a Food Smart cooking workshop with our families last week, and Chef Danielle Davidson provided delicious recipe tastings and meal plan ideas. Food Smart will benefit families and staff that participate, by saving money as well as food.”
The project is running across the seven council areas in the northern rivers region and is part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Love Food Hate Waste state-wide Food Smart program.
All participating households received a free tool kit with items such as bag clips and food huggers to help them keep their food fresh for longer.
Families measure the food waste at the start and end of the program to monitor the progress of their food waste reduction.
“Everyone can be a Food Smart Champion, by signing up to Food Smart and enjoying the benefits including free entry into one of our upcoming cooking workshops at our other Food Smart Champion Schools,” said Linda Tohver.
Sign up at www.newaste.org.au/foodsmart or contact email@example.com
Food Smart is coordinated by NE Waste, developed by Love Food Hate Waste and the NSW EPA under the Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.