Food waste is a massive issue in the UK, valued at an estimated 17 billion each year, with restaurants throwing away 900,000 tonnes of food annually. On average, UK households throw away the equivalent of 24 edible meals a month - in Lambeth this translates to roughly 40 million meals in one year. This issue of food waste and poor distribution is particularly problematic, as 8.4 million people in the UK are currently food insecure.
This project aims to tackle issues of food waste and food insecurity by collecting surplus, "waste" food from businesses and creating healthy, nutritious and wholesome meals to be served to the wider community on a donations basis. This is a collaborative project that relies on volunteer support and donations. The idea is to introduce creative ways to transform food that would have otherwise been thrown out, create awareness about food waste and provide a safe and supportive community space.
The long term effects of this project will be that new skills and knowledge are passed onto volunteers and up to 250 guests a week, regarding healthy, eco-concious cooking. Additionally, we aim to create a reliable and supportive space in which people feel safe, nourished and engaged with the wider community and global issues. Food will be at the center of this project, used as a tool to bring people together and start a dialogue around food insecurity and food waste.
Brixton People's Kitchen Video