Today is Stop Food Waste Day, an initiative to raise awareness about food waste and encourage individuals and businesses to change their habits.
Did you know that 33% of all food produced is wasted every year and that if 25% of the food currently wasted were saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people. These shocking statistics prove that we all have our part to play in reducing food waste.
Food waste is an issue that we’re serious about at 99 City Road Conference Centre and is something that we’re addressing head on. We try to deliver a realistic quantity of food for our guests to ensure that food waste is kept to a minimum. However, there will always be times when we have surplus food. To tackle this, we recently launched a partnership with food sharing platform, Olio, where we share our surplus food with neighbours who may need it.
This is proving to be really successful and has we’ve so far helped many individuals by donating our unused food. As a centrally located London conference centre, we’re well placed to reach lots of people and charities that have a requirement for our leftover food.
So what can we do as consumers to help stop food waste? The Stop Food Waste Day website has a range of top tips including:
• Make a list and plan your meals before going to do your food shopping
• If your vegetables are wilting, soak them in ice water for 5-10 minutes to revive them
• If you’ve overcooked your vegetables, then don’t throw them away. They could be perfect for a soup or sauce.
• Freeze your leftovers, bread and fruit instead of throwing them away
You could also get some inspiration from one of our clients, North London Waste Authority, who have compiled a cookbook full of recipes that can be made from leftovers.
We’re constantly reviewing our sustainable practices, energy consumption and recycling methods as a large conference centre and we’re proud to raise awareness of Stop Food Waste Day.