On Saturday 12th May, Bristol played host to the feeding of 5000 citizens on the city’s College Green. Through the collaborative efforts of Feeding the 5000, the Soil Association, Bristol City Council, Food Cycle, the Thali Café, Love Food Hate Waste, Kambe, and Coexist UK, FareShare South West proceeded to host a feast of epic proportions comprised solely of food that would otherwise have been wasted.
Following the success of the original event in Trafalgar Square last November, Bristol’s College Green was targeted as the site upon which to revisit the issues of food waste. The event included appearances from local celebrity chefs including Tom Herbert of the Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom Hunt, head chef of Bristol’s most exciting new arrival, Poco, and local chefs from Thali Café. Tristram Stuart author of Waste spoke on myriad issues surrounding food waste and the benefits for businesses of signing up to FareShare’s waster education pledge. Despite the sobering edge, it was a celebratory affair, the sun was finally shining, a childrens yurt bustled with kids getting covered in paint, and guests listened to local, live music from the main stage. On Tues 15th May, sister events like Tom Hunt’s Forgotten Feast will also take place. An evening of Moorish inspired delights, all created from surplus food sourced by FareShare Southwest and the restaurant itself.
Jacqui Reeves Project Director at FareShare South West said:
“Bristol is the first city to host this event outside of London – it’s got ‘Bristol mentality’ written all over it. A free fun day, a free lunch plus we get to show the food industry how the 4 million tonnes of food they throw away can easily go to people who really need it.”
All is not lost for those who were unable to make the event, FareShare have a range of longstanding volunteering opportunities. When they’re not throwing political picnics, FareShare South West delivers food and related support services to over 50 organisations in South West. The food that they supply contributes to thousands of meals weekly for homeless and vulnerable people. They receive quality surplus food from wholesalers, retailers, caterers and manufacturers. The food encourages disadvantaged people into an environment where they can receive appropriate support; and enables recipient organisations to reinvest funds into improving services such as housing advice, medical services and training, which help people to reconstruct their lives. Obvious restrictions on donations apply, but in short, they build square meals from what could have been landfill, a win win situation. Follow @Feeding5k on twitter for forthcoming campaigns and events.
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