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 Food Set up a Community Fridge A Community Fridge is a simple way of enabling people to share good food that would otherwise go to waste. The average UK family wastes £470 a year by throwing away food and drink which could have been consumed. 61% of the food wasted in the UK (4.1 million tonnes) is avoidable and could be eaten if creative ways of sharing it are found. Since our first trial of Community Fridges in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, the demand has been growing. That’s why we have: Put together a ‘How To’ guide and resource pack to set up your own Community Fridge. Set up The Community Fridge network to link up projects around the UK and IE and make it easy for people to share ideas and knowledge. Find you nearest Community Fridge here or join the Facebook community here. To request a copy of the 'How To' guide or to register your fridge as part of the Community Fridge Network email: [email protected]. Where the idea came from The Community Fridge was first trialled by Hubbub in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire CVS as part of our work with the Sainsbury’s Waste less, Save more campaign. The fridge gives local residents access to a surplus food shared by local businesses. It connects the community, helps families save money and reduces waste. Watch the video below to hear more from the people involved: The difference the Community Fridge Network is making Are you interested in replicating the Community Fridge in your area? Get in touch at [email protected] or join the Facebook Group. Thanks to The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for support in making The Community Fridge Film, and thanks to Bosch, North London Waste Authority and Sainsbury’s for their ongoing support.