Cooking up 27 tonnes of food in Leeds

WASTE NOT WANT NOT: Kevin Mackay from the Fuel for School project with the donated food.
WASTE NOT WANT NOT: Kevin Mackay from the Fuel for School project with the donated food.
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More than £4,500 was raised and 27 tonnes of food saved in a venture to raise awareness of children going hungry during the school holidays.

A ‘pay as you feel’ vegan restaurant was set up in a renovated unit at The Light for a five-week programme, where guests enjoyed food made by professional chefs, with ingredients that would have normally gone to waste.

Over 665 meals were prepared, 61 child volunteers took part in total and spent time learning about food produce in an environment created for family and friends to come together and have fun.

In that time the amount of food saved from landfill was equivalent to more than two London double-decker buses.

In partnership with Fuel for School, the pop-up also featured different themed supervised areas such as Geography, History, Art and Maths to help children enhance their skills.

Gemma Chidgey, deputy centre manager, said: “Old School Junk was an extremely exciting project and something we are all very proud of and passionate about.

“The amount of food saved during the five weeks highlights the need to support and raise awareness of Fuel For School.”

A spokesperson for Fuel For School team, added: “We would like to thank The Light for the opportunity and support given to us throughout the Old School Junk project.

“The outcomes have been amazing and we have received extremely positive feedback from people who attended. We’re looking forward to working with The Light again on other projects as we continue with our aim of preventing child hunger and food waste.”

The Light and Fuel For School will work together again on Saturday as they offer classes and veg packs for students.