Early years settings teach families how to cook healthy food and reduce waste

Monday, October 2, 2017

Nursery and Children’s Centre staff will be helping their children and families to cook and throw away less food thanks to the Mersey Waste Munchers.

20 early years settings from Merseyside and Halton will be taking part in training that teaches essential cooking skills and how to reduce food waste, so they can pass on their knowledge to the children and families they work with.

Mersey Waste Munchers, is run by the Children’s Food Trust’s Let’s Get Cooking experts and funded for a third year by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund.

Claire Brennan, Health Promotion Worker/Deputy co-ordinator, at Garston Children’s Centre said: “This training will help the families as it will engage them to cook healthily and also understand the key food waste messages so they will minimize the amount of food they waste. They will learn that they can cook healthy food on a budget and save money for their family.”

Commenting on the recent delivery of the training, Maggie Sims, the Children’s Food Trust’s Head of Cookery, said: “We’re thrilled to have had this opportunity to take healthy cooking and waste prevention skills to young children and their families. We know that when children eat better they do better, so it’s never too early to start. Getting little ones excited about different tastes and textures is a brilliant way to get them off to a great start with their diet and create a lifelong healthy relationship with food.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “Improving cookery skills is an important way to help reduce the amount of food thrown away on Merseyside, which costs families on average £700 a year. This is the fourth year we’ve put funding into the Mersey Waste Munchers project as it’s such a practical way to get people thinking about food and waste as a resource to be valued and not something that can just be thrown away.”

Since the first Mersey Waste Munchers projects started in 2014, participants have reported:

• 92% plan meals more efficiently by creating a list before shopping
• 64% chill or freeze leftovers to eat later instead of throwing away
• 70% avoid waste by checking the ‘use-by’ dates on packets and buying foods which aren’t about to go out of date
• 87% of families stated that they feel they have reduced the overall amount of food wasted by their family since their involvement with the project.

In the UK, 4.4 million tonnes of avoidable food and drink is wasted each year, worth £13 billion.


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Notes to editors:

The Children’s Food Trust is a national charity on a mission to get every child eating better: at home, in childcare, at school and beyond. Follow us on Twitter @childfoodtrust and like us on Facebook. Registered charity number 1118995. The Trust sadly ceased trading at the end of September 2017.

(i) The MRWA and Veoila Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
(ii) MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
(iii) Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.
More information at: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk Twitter: @MerseysideRWA Facebook: MerseysideRWA