THOUSANDS TO ENJOY A FREE LUNCH IN THE SUN TOMORROW
Thousands of people will gather on College Green tomorrow to tuck into a free lunch at Feeding the 5,000. Organised by FareShare South West the event aims to highlight the issues of food waste and food poverty in the South West.
The event, which drew around 5,000 people last year, sees top local chefs cooking up a free feast using perfectly good ingredients considered to be surplus “waste” by supermarkets. An incredible three tonnes of vegetables will be prepared by over 100 volunteers and cooked up by The Thali Cafe, Pieminister and Demuth’s to feed the hungry crowds.
As part of Feeding the 5,000, people will be asked to sign a petition calling for local businesses and government to work towards making Bristol the first city where all surplus food is used for its purpose. Supported by local government and the Mayor, George Ferguson, the petition calls for food businesses in the South West to take “urgent action” and to do the “moral and ethical thing” with their surplus food.
And as if a free lunch wasn’t enough, there’ll also be live cooking demonstrations and talks from the likes of Richard Bertinet and Sam Moody of The Priory, lots of kids’ activities and live music throughout the afternoon.
“The number of people who can’t afford a wholesome, balanced and nutritious diet is growing at a phenomenal rate,” said Jacqui Reeves, Project Director of FareShare South West. “Around 16% of people in the South West* are living in food poverty whilst the food industry continues to throw perfectly good food away! It’s scandalous.”
“At the moment it’s cheaper for supermarkets to bin food than it is to put the necessary systems and processes in place to redistribute it to those most in need through charities like FareShare.” FareShare distribute good quality food, that would have been wasted, to over 100 projects working with vulnerable people across the South West.
You can sign the petition at Feeding the 5,000 on June 1st or at www.faresharesouthwest.org.uk after the event.
Feeding the 5,000 takes place on Saturday, June 1st on College Green from 1pm to 6pm. The event is open to all. For more visit www.faresharesouthwest.org.uk