Initiatives on Food Waste

The Real Junk Food Project Manchester intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into healthy, nutritious meals for anyone and everyone on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis. They are currently running pop-up events while they get their cafe in Manchester City Centre set up.

Cracking Good Food  promotes cooking skills in local communities by delivering cooking courses and training, as part of a wider campaign for affordable, sustainable & healthier food for all. They raise awareness & campaign against food waste, using surplus unwanted food that’s re-distributed via Fareshare North West for all their Community cooking, thus diverting food from composting or waste.

FareShare Greater Manchester and volunteering. – With the help of volunteers, they redistribute food to over 160 charities and community groups and new organisations are welcome all the time. Our community food members provide vitally needed meals, food parcels and snacks to hundreds of disadvantaged people every day. They work with a huge variety of people experiencing hardship from people who are homeless or unemployed, people dealing with substance abuse, refugees and asylum-seekers at drop-ins, Sure Start centres, and breakfast and after-school clubs for children and young adults.

They need ‘urban gleaners’ to quality control edible surplus fruit and veg, diverted from New Smithfield Wholesale Fruit and Veg market. More info.

Feeding the 5000 initiative (Manchester 2013) a memorable success for Manchester Friends of the Earth and local food waste campaigners.

WRAP has a vision for a world in which resources are used sustainably.

In the UK, the Waste Reduction Action Plan (WRAP) encourages leading retailers, brand owners and their supply chains to identify collaborative approaches towards reducing the amount of food and packaging waste that ends up in the household bin and ultimately in landfill. WRAP aims at reducing packaging waste and consumer food waste by carrying out R&D work, by guidance on best practices and by promotion. WRAP partners with packaging manufacturers, retailers, brands, suppliers, research institutes, universities, design agencies and environmental and design consultants.

Food Futures and the Courtauld Commitment 2025

“Food Futures: from business as usual to business unusual” is WRAP’s ground breaking new report analysing 15 critical areas in the UK food system, from farm to fork, and outlining recommendations for key actions by industry and government. Read the Food Futures Report

Courtauld 2025 is an ambitious voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the food system – from producer to consumer – to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.

At its heart is a ten-year commitment to identify priorities, develop solutions and implement changes at scale – both within signatory organisations and by spreading new best practice across the UK.

By targeting hotspots of resource use, we will cut the waste and greenhouse gas emissions associated with food and drink by at least one-fifth per person in ten years and improve water stewardship, with cumulative savings of around £20 billion. Read the Courtauld Commitment 2025