Using the pumpkin spooky staple as a prop to talk about food waste

What's scarier than witches, ghosts and ghouls at Halloween? 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 eat it instead. It's a celebration of food that challenges preconceptions, teaches new skills and has some fun along the way.

Achieved so far

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

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

Join Pumpkin Rescue

We're always on the hunt for local organisations, groups, individuals or businesses who would like to replicate Pumpkin Rescue in their community. If you would like to join us and take on the #PumpkinRescue challenge to tackle food waste, please get in touch.

Download the guide and run your own Pumpkin Festival 

Click on the image below to download our free PDF guide on how to run your own #PumpkinRescue. Get in touch to receive the full resource pack. Whether you want to host an intimate lunch with your family, a carve and eat class for your colleagues, or a giant pumpkin festival. We can also provide lots more advice, support and resources, so if you're interested in running your own, get in touch to see what we can share with you.