Reduce Food Waste this Halloween With Big Local

Welcome to our very first Big Local blog!

On our blog, we want to let you know about all of the great things we do and about what you as a resident of St. Peter’s and The Moors can get involved in.

This month’s blog is all about reducing food waste and we’ve got some delicious Halloween-themed recipes for you, news on the success of our Reduce Waste food project, and some October half-term events you can get involved in.

Our Reduce Waste Project: A huge success

If you’ve been following Big Local on social media and coming to our Reduce Waste sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays, you’ll know that our Reduce Waste food project has been a huge success.

We never stopped during lockdown and were on hand to help anyone who needed it. Even though the Reduce Waste project has been running since September last year, we were able to step up our collections and distribution so we could support those who were most affected by COVID-19.

Here’s just how many people we helped during lockdown…and we’re not stopping there.

We’re still as passionate as ever about reducing food waste, so as well as continuing with our Reduce Waste sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays, and our Reduce Waste Great Taste cooking sessions for kids, we want to start sharing some recipes you can make from your leftovers.

Why should you care about food waste?

In the UK, we throw away about 4.5 million tonnes of perfectly edible food every single year. That seems like a shocking amount when you think about how many people find it difficult to feed their families. Here’s why you should care about food waste.

It saves money and makes your food go further

Times are tough for many people right now and sometimes it can be hard to make ends meet. According to Love Food, Hate Waste, an average family of four can save £60 per month, just by throwing less food away.

Things like leftover veg, bread, and much more can be used to make an extra few tasty meals to make your money go further.

Reducing food waste is good for the environment

When you throw food in the bin, a lot of it ends up sitting in landfill sites, rotting away and giving off greenhouse gases which contribute to global warming. By reducing your food waste, you’re doing your bit for the planet too.

Reduce your food waste this Halloween

Since it’s autumn now and Halloween is on the way, we wanted to share some recipe inspiration for what you can make with a Halloween favourite, the pumpkin.

We all enjoy carving them to make a spooky lantern, but most of us throw them away once Halloween is over. Instead of throwing yours in the bin this year, why not use the flesh to make some delicious food that the whole family will love?

Pumpkin Recipes

Recipe 1: Pumpkin Soup

Who doesn’t love a warming soup on colder days?

You can find the full recipe and instructions here, or if you prefer to follow along with a video, here’s one that our lovely Ali made earlier:

Recipe 2: Pumpkin Cake

The kids will love this tasty cake, why not get them involved with making it too?

You can find the full recipe and instructions here or if you prefer to follow along with a video, here’s another one of Ali’s amazing creations:

Join Big Local at Half-Term

Even though COVID-19 has restricted some of our plans, we’re still running some events during the half-term week that you can get involved with.

Numbers are restricted in line with government guidance and safety measures are in place, but we’d love you to come and join us!

Big Local Events- October Half-Term 2020*

Saturday 24th October

Litter Pick

Get stuck in and help keep our community clean and safe for everyone.

Time: 10am-11am

Location: Meet at the Big Local Stadium, Saracens Football Club.

Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th October

Reduce Waste Great Taste cooking sessions

Cooking sessions for kids aged 8-12. They’ll make meals they can take home and share with the family, using food from our Reduce Waste food project.

Time: 2pm-3pm

Location: Gas Green Youth and Community Centre.

Thursday 29th October

Halloween Hunt

Hunt for spooky clues in the park at our Halloween event that’s fun for all the family.

Time: 2pm-3.30pm

Location: Elmfield Park

If you’d like to get involved in any of our events, send us a message on our Facebook page or call Kelly 07879113748 or Ali 07864721616.

* Please note that due to government guidance, spaces are strictly limited at all events, so get in quick to book your place.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and if you give our Reduce Waste Halloween recipes a go, we’d love you to share your creations with us!

Until next time, stay safe everyone!