FAMILIES are being offered advice on how to reduce the amount of food they waste.
Kate Ainger, environmental projects officer with Hartlepool Borough Council, will be giving out money-saving tips at an open day hosted by the Wharton Annexe, in Wharton Terrace, on Wednesday, April 4, from 11am-2pm.
Kate said: “It’s quite shocking when you see some of the statistics relating to food waste.
“For example, it is estimated that households across the UK collectively throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year.
“Wasting food costs the average family with children around £680 a year, or £50 a month
“At a time of austerity, when many families are struggling to make ends meet, it seems sensible to be only buying what we actually need.
“However, wasting food is not just about wasting money – it also has serious implications for the environment.
“If we all stop wasting food that could be eaten, it is estimated that the impact on CO2 emissions would be the equivalent of taking one in five cars off the road.”
At the open day, Kate will promote the Love Food Hate Waste website which contains a wealth of useful information. There will also be a demonstration on how to make soup from food commonly found in the fridge.
For further information about food waste and other food-related issues visit the Love Food Hate Waste website at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
There will also be a range of stalls and activities taking place at the open day, including taster alternative therapies, hair braiding, temporary tattoos, face painting, balloon modelling and arts and crafts.