Too much food is thrown away by supermarkets, and now The Battersea Canteen at the London Cooking Project, together with the charity Be Enriched, is using this for good with a weekly free supper in SW11, cooked by volunteers with food donated by chefs, local shops and businesses, and Tesco. It takes place every Tuesday evening from 6.30 - 8.30pm and there's no booking - just turn up! Note that while it's free, you will be able to donate money to the cause while you are there.
"This year we started a partnership with a fantastic charity, Be Enriched and launched The Battersea Canteen. The Canteen is open once a week on Tuesday evenings and anyone can come and enjoy a three course meal made out of surplus food for free.
Food waste is a huge problem in the UK - it's estimated that over 89 million tonnes of food are wasted every year in the EU, with the UK cited as the worst offender accounting for over 12 million tonnes. Implications are not just social or economic, the global carbon footprint of wasted food has been estimated as more than twice the greenhouse gas emissions of all road transportation in the US in 2010.
Morrison's recently paved the way for change in the UK by becoming the UK's first supermarket to donate all it's surplus food to charity. Other initiatives like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's War on Waste campaign have also helped highlight the massive issue that needs to be addressed.
We're doing our bit in our small corner of Battersea and are proud to say that we now have Tesco onboard to donate food to the Canteen. Our volunteers cook up an absolute storm in the kitchen each week so do come down and join us!"
When - Tuesday evenings 6.30pm - 8.30pm
No tickets - just turn up!
Link - The Battersea Canteen
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