Four primary schools in Ferryhill and Chilton welcomed Phil Wilson MP when he accepted their invitation to inform him of their Fuel for School campaign against global food waste.
The project, which is running in Chilton, Cleves Cross, Dean Bank and Ferryhill Station primary schools, looks at sustainability and surplus food that supermarkets throw away. The project will be the first of its kind in the North East and it gets the children involved in understanding and campaigning to reduce surplus food and explaining how everyone can better look after our planet.
The schools are working together to raise awareness about the difference between ‘best before’ dates and ‘use by’ dates and to encourage households to reduce food waste by checking the fridge and cupboards before buying. It is also about the perfectly fine food that supermarkets throw out because of incorrect weights and measures, promotion campaigns coming to an end and damaged wrapping.
Refuse CIC, Durham’s branch of the Real Junk Food Project (see https:// refusedurham.org.uk for more details) deliver trays of food from supermarkets each week to the schools. The exciting part of the project for the children is they also run their own market stall at the end of the day which will swap food items on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.
As well as the positive impact of reducing waste