Using pumpkins to talk about food waste

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What's scarier than witches, ghosts and ghouls at Halloween? How about the 12.8 million pumpkins that are expected to be left uneaten this Halloween? 

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 #EatYourPumpkin #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 Pumpkin Rescue 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.

Make sure your 2020 Pumpkin Rescue events comply with Government guidance to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in your local area.

Not up for a physical event this year? Get in touch for our 2020 digital resource pack and help us to spread the #EatYourPumpkin word online.