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. HomeDo somethingTop tipsRecipesBlogIdeas bankCollaborate Food The Community Fridge The Community Fridge is a simple way of enabling communities 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. Most of the food waste in the UK (4.1 million tonnes or 61%) is avoidable and could be eaten if creative ways of sharing it are found. The Community Fridge has been trialled in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire CVS as part of Waste less, Save more. The fridge is gives local residents access to a surplus food shared by local businesses. It connects the community, helps families save money and reduces waste. There is also a freezer, a drop of point for non-perishable foods, a community noticeboard and recipes for tasty, cheap, nutritious meals. Over 9,000 items of food were shared in the first six months! Are you interested in replicating the Community Fridge in your area? If so get in touch at email@example.com or join the Facebook Group. Thanks to The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for support in making The Community Fridge Film.