Earlier this year, you may have seen a Love Food Hate Waste stall and demonstration at one of several shopping centres and markets across the north coast.
The next stage of the campaign has begun, with the announcement of $25,000 to fund more local projects, under the same banner, aimed at helping households save up to $1000 per year in food costs.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the money is earmarked to implement a series of free workshops run by ACE Community College at Tweed Heads, aimed at educating local residents about buying, cooking and storing food.
‘The free workshops will combine practical demonstrations as well as an online community blog for people to share their tips and recipes,’ said Mr Provest.
The project is the result of a partnership between ACE Community College, Tweed Shire Council, North East Waste Forum, RDA Sustain Northern Rivers, Murwillumbah Community College, and Byron Community College.
The funding is part of an overall NSW government initiative totalling $292,050 for 17 Love Food Hate Waste education projects across the state aimed at helping households save up to $1000 a year.
Environment minister Robyn Parker said the projects targeting food waste range from funding to councils to promote the Love Food Hate Waste program through displays and demonstrations and funding to develop a smartphone app making recipes and tips available to residents while they shop for groceries.
‘NSW households waste $2.5 billion worth of edible food each year; that’s about $1000 for each home in the state,’ said Ms Parker.
‘These new local Love Food Hate Waste projects are about helping families save money on their weekly shopping by cutting down on the amount of food that’s wasted each week.
‘Most food waste currently ends up in landfill so we were pleased to see more than 50 organisations apply for funding for projects designed to tackle this growing problem,’ Ms Parker said.
Love Food Hate Waste is funded by the NSW government through its Environmental Trust.
For more information and free resources to raise awareness and encourage action to avoid food waste visitwww.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au.