Using pumpkins to talk about food waste

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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!

Eat your pumpkin

Every Halloween, Pumpkin Rescue uses everyone’s favourite spooky staple as a way to talk about the edible food we needlessly throw away and provides 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. Follow the campaign at #PumpkinRescue

The difference made

Since its launch in Oxford in 2014, Pumpkin Rescue has taken the world by storm. In 2015 Pumpkin Rescue was taken on by 25 UK towns and even crossed the pond to the USA. 2016 saw over 40 community festivals across the UK and Asia, supporting 126 events. In 2018, a total of 31 groups ran 40 events across the UK. 

So far, Pumpkin Rescue has created 239 local events and workshops attended by a total of 18,600 people. This has led to a whopping 17,500 pumpkins bring diverted from landfill. Millions more have been reached online and through the press, creating a widespread movement of people eating their gourd-eous pumpkins!

Read the 2018 press release here.

How can you get involved?

It’s not just about pumpkins, saving any food from going to waste is great for the planet. Freezing things you’re not sure you’ll use up is a fab way to start saving more food, here are 15 foods it might surprise you to find out are freezer friendly!

You can also run your own #PumpkinRescue event! We're always on the hunt for organisations, groups, individuals or businesses who would like to join us. Whether you want to host an intimate pumpkin 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. Check out some of our pumpkin-licious recipes here.

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