Food charities event to help tackle food waste

Birmingham charities bring community together to tackle food waste.

Eden Project Communities and Birmingham charities are pulling together to tackle food waste with ideas, activities and free food to help people learn resourceful ways to stay fed, warm and socially connected this winter.

The event on 30th October which runs from 10am to 2pm at host venue Martineau Gardens, Birmingham is taking place in partnership with Eden Project Communities, The Active Wellbeing Society – Big Feed Project and Let’s Feed Brum who are attending in support of ForRefugees Charity.

Together they will share affordable recipes to show how anyone can put vegetables like pumpkins or other surplus food back on the household menu. Free food tastings of delicious pumpkin curries will be on offer, plus seed swaps, crafts and activities for all ages on the day.

Darren Kench, from Eden Project Communities, who is facilitating the event said: “With food and fuel prices making life harder for everyone, we’re keen to connect people, to share ideas and resources, and create stronger local networks that can help support one another. This event is about meeting people, having fun, and learning about what you can do with what you have.”

Eden Project Communities is a nationwide initiative made possible by The National Lottery, that is behind this special event in Birmingham to bring people together, to connect local networks and focus on building resourcefulness and resilience with ideas to make the best use of all our resources.

Darren continued: “Inspired by the Danish, we’ll be bringing some homespun hygge-iness to the event, creating some comfort and contentment as we help prepare our communities to cope with the cost of living crisis. We hope people will come and learn lots about food and cooking, but also to swap seeds and stories, plant some hope in the shape of bulbs, work on their wellbeing with a Tai Chi lesson or de-stress with an autumn amble with the family.”

Jenni Fryer, CEO at Martineau Gardens said: “We’re delighted to host this event in our friendly space where people can come to enjoy nature and learn about growing and cooking food. In times of stress, spending time in nature can help your mental health and wellbeing, so this event is really important to show how we can connect people with each other, while caring for the environment and how positively green spaces can impact all of us too.”

Organisers are looking at ways to partner with organisations from across the West Midlands, with Eden Project Communities replicating this activity in other regions across the UK.

Booking is essential for the Winter Warmers Workshop. Book your free place here.