This is Rubbish (TiR) is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from Awards for All, Tudor Trust and the David Tylor Trust. This funding enables TiR to run a pilot programme of 3 Public Feasts, 5 School Feasts and 2 six week after school clubs in Waltham Forest during Autumn term. The TiR team is very excited to be transforming the school dinner hall with theatrical food surplus feasts.
To give a bit more detail, TiR is creating an interactive theatrical feast in which games, riddles and performers take the audience on a treasure trail through the food production system. The feast will be cooked from surplus (‘waste’) food sourced from local supermarkets and food producers, building on relationships already developed by previous TiR events.
We are not only interested in fun, but fundamental food systems change. We think education and the engagement of young people, is vital to enable this. Specifically, the This is Rubbish School Feasts project has been conceived to address two issues;
1) In the UK we are disconnected from food production systems and supply chains, and as a result know little about them. A survey in 2013 by The British Nutrition Foundation highlighted 21% of primary school children and 18% of secondary school children had never visited a farm; and that 18% of primary school children believed fish fingers came from chicken. This demonstrates a clear need for education on food systems
2) Globally 30%-50% of the food produced today is lost, wasted or discarded somewhere along our food production systems and supply chains before it has chance to reach the dinner table. (IMECHA, 2013). These problems are inter-related, and a lack of understanding about food production and systems leads to decreased appreciation of its value, beyond ‘cash’ value in the shopping basket. TiR believes there is a clear need for cross-cutting, values led education on food.
The project is starting now, and we are looking for partner schools and events to collaborate with us, and host our pilot Feasts. We are also looking for volunteers, performers and general merry makers. If you are interested, get in touch with Poppy@thisisrubbish.org.uk.
Last Saturday a merry band of Exotics held the fort and fed over 500 people tropical fruit surplus salads, complete with edible glitter made from fruit that otherwise would’ve been wasted. A huge thank you to all our volunteers who spoke about food waste for 8 hours, while dressed as tropical exotics! A very special role indeed.
Throughout the day, Exotics offered the public tastes of how delicious industry food waste actually is, we collected over 100 Say no to food waste pledge cards, while informing people about what they can do in the form of an Activist Menu.
This is Rubbish aims to raise awareness about the 50% of food that is wasted before it even reaches people’s homes. We do this by feeding the public with delicious food that was destined for the bin. For this event we worked sourcing our food from Tesco and Morrisons, making sure that the food fed bellies not bins.
We were commissioned by the Waterloo Quater, and were part of their month long Food Festival, that takes place throughout July. Further details about Waterloo Quarter food festival events in July are available at www.wearewaterloo.co.uk
The event was wrapped up by our Rubbish queen, Exotica, who led the masses into a participatory fruit surplus salad toss. Fruit was chopped and lobbed and tossed, and served up to the public, after they helped prepare their own rubbish desert.
For more information on how to bring an end to supply chain surplus, check out our Activist Menu.