Volunteers show leftovers can be a main course
A Bath charity which uses supermarket leftovers destined for the bin to feed needy people across the city is encouraging residents not to waste food.
Bath FoodCycle is run by a group of volunteers who transform "past their best" fruit and vegetables into tasty, nutritious meals for the hungry.
They have already carried out a trial period at city homelessness shelter Julian House and are now looking for a permanent home to continue their good work.
Reducing food waste is a key element of the Chronicle's Clean Bath campaign, because one of the main causes of the city's untidy streets is seagulls attacking bin bags looking for scraps.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
Alexa Bingham, the group's fundraising co-ordinator, said the motto Waste Not, Want Not, was something which could be applied in people's homes to save money and cut down on rubbish.
She said: "Around a third of all shopping you buy gets chucked in the bin. The idea from FoodCycle is that when you are walking home with six bags of shopping, you wouldn't just throw two of them straight in the bin.
"There is a lot of food wasted in the home and in the past we would have used our senses to test whether it is ok, but now you always have to push someone to try something if it is a day past its "best before"."
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's is the charity's main provider, giving it large quantities of bread, fruit and vegetables that would otherwise by thrown away, although for safety reasons the project cannot accept meat.
The challenge is then on for the volunteers to use their imagination and quickly come up with a recipe to turn the leftovers into a three-course meal.
Miss Bingham said: "Part of the fun comes out of the challenge of looking at all the food and deciding what to do with it.
"It can be daunting at first, but we have started to put together a file of recipes that we are building up to show what you can do with basic ingredients."
The group is always looking for new volunteers, either to help with publicity and fundraising, or to get in the kitchen and cook up new meals.
They are also looking for a new, cheap or free, premises that they can use to put on community meals to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people in Bath.
Bath FoodCycle has a bag packing day on Saturday at Sainsbury's in Green Park, from 9am to 6pm.
It also has a Soul Food meal event, using donated ingredients, at the Green Park Tavern on Friday, October 19, and tickets are available from Bath Box Office or at The Fudge Kitchen, in Abbey Church Yard.
For more information about Bath FoodCycle go to www.bathfoodcycle.wordpress.com, or contact Miss Bingham on 07969 455419.