Tramlines zero food waste campaign a big success – The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield saves 450kg to feed 183 people!

This weekend was a busy one for Sheffield. The city played host to the annual Tramlines music festival. We arranged with the organisers to help reduce food waste from the festival and this is how we did it…

On Sunday night we went round the stall holders to inform them we would take on any excess they wouldn’t be able to use. We even spotted Corin from The Real Junk Food Project Manchester manning the Beets and Beans van! The traders’ response was incredible and we left with loads of lovely burgers, sausages, pies, bacon, gluten free cakes, bread and drinks. Beanie’s gave us some fresh fruit and veg too so we were ready to cook up a fab menu on Monday.

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Sheffield Students’ Union very kindly let us use their superb facilities so we could cook and serve the food at lunchtime to the Sheffield people. We had 12 volunteers on the day including Mat Rodgers from Sheaf Training and Sally Morris from A Recipe for Gluttony who both led the kitchen with a lot of patience and skill. As the food, equipment, venue and team were new to everyone on the day it was always going to be a big ask.

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An astonishing 183 people came to eat. By 12:55 the room was full of eager people and the queue started winding out of the door. The food made it’s way downstairs about 13:10 and by 14:00 we had fed 171 people and the majority of the meals were gone, except for a few bacon rolls!

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As ever with our events, we had no idea of the food we’d end up with or if anyone would come along to eat it. And as ever, we were totally amazed by the response. We saved over 450kg of food that was surplus to requirements and received £404 in donations which will go towards helping us buy a van so we can operate more effectively.

Thanks everyone for coming along and helping us make Tramlines a zero food waste festival this year!!

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