FoodMaking food go further Food is a popular way many of us socialise and we spend a good amount of time and money on it. Yet 15 million tonnes of food and drink is thrown away every year. That's the same weight as 2 million double decker buses. Half of this is from our homes alone, costing £470 per household per year. You can help stop edible food from ending up in the bin. Tuck into the feast of events, blogs and recipes here and see how easy it is to make the most of your food, and save some money. 3 things you can do today Plan ahead. Take a moment to think about the week ahead - when will you be eating at home? Try and plan a couple of meals ahead, make a list of what you need to buy and only buy what you need. Freeze it. If you cook too much or forget to eat something near its use by date, chances are you can freeze it and eat it later. Eat your leftovers. If you cook too much or can't finish a meal, pack it for lunch. Even if you're eating out, ask for a doggy bag. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. Home Do something Top tips Recipes Blog Ideas bank Collaborate Blog Let's get festive about food waste We're launching #PumpkinChallenge to squash food waste next Halloween. Building on the success of the 2014 Oxford Pumpkin Festival we want to help create 15 similar festivals in towns and cities throughout the UK. We want to prevent 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins being dumped into holes in the ground each year, cut food waste by 50 tonnes and give 30,000 people the chance to do good, meet others and learn new skills. To support #PumpkinChallenge, we've produced a comprehensive guide on how run a Pumpkin Festival. From funding through to insurance, from social media campaigns though to the finer points of gleaning, everything is covered making it easy to collaborate and get started. Halloween is the perfect time to talk about food waste. Last year UK households spent more than £300m during this period, placing it just behind Christmas and Easter as a time when consumers loosen their purse strings to embrace the festive spirit. Amazingly, only a decade ago spending on Halloween was just £12 million. Although Halloween is part of the Celtic tradition of Samhain, its commercialisation comes from the US including a huge growth in the sale of pumpkins. Asda now sell more than 1 million pumpkins every Halloween. Unfortunately the UK has not taken on all elements of the US tradition where pumpkins are part of the national dish and happily turned into pumpkin pies as well as lanterns. We want to change this and make sure pumpkins are eaten rather than dumped. We want 2015 to be the start of a new culture at Halloween ensuring that people have a great time without causing food to be wasted. Join the #PumpkinChallenge We're looking for 15 cities or towns to join this ambition. To help, we're not only providing the comprehensive guide but will also be making freely available a range of promotional materials, providing access to a national campaign and offering a chance to participate in a robust social media campaign. If you want to join the festive fight to squash food waste, get in touch through [email protected] and let's have a chat.