Using pumpkins, everyone's spooky staple, as a prop to talk about food waste

What's scarier than witches, ghosts and ghouls at Halloween? How about the 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkin that ends up in the bin each year. That's the same weight as 1,500 double decker buses!

The Pumpkin Rescue uses everyone’s favourite spooky staple as a prop to talk about the edible food we throw away and the easy steps we can take to make the most of it instead. It's a celebration of food that challenges preconceptions, teaches new skills and has some fun along the way. Each year more and more people are running their own Pumpkin Rescue events - see what's on this year here.

Run a Pumpkin Rescue event

We're always on the hunt for organisations, groups, individuals or businesses who would like to join us and run a #PumpkinRescue event to tackle food waste. Whether you might host an intimate lunch with your family, a carve and eat class for your colleagues, or a giant pumpkin festival, we've created a 'How To' guide to help you every step of the way.

Have a browse of the guide below and if you'd like to go ahead, please get in touch to see what other support we can provide to you.

Achieved so far

Since its launch in Oxford in 2014, Pumpkin Rescue has taken the world by storm. For Halloween 2015, Pumpkin Rescue was taken on by 25 UK towns and even crossed oceans to the USA. 2016 saw over 40 community festivals across the UK and Asia, supporting 126 events.

So far, Pumpkin Rescue has delivered 199 local events and workshops have been attended by 12,200 people. This has led to a whopping 17,000 pumpkins bring diverted from landfill. Millions more have been told to eat their pumpkins both online and in the press.