An Erdington community centre is serving up a feast by inviting local residents to come and discover ways to enjoy food which otherwise might be wasted.
Lakeside Children’s and Family Learning Centre, in Wyrley Birch, is run by social enterprise Enta and supports everyone from working mums and fathers-to-be to job seekers and vulnerable adults.
The centre has now teamed up with Birmingham City Council’s Love Food Hate Waste project to highlight the problem of food wastage across the UK.
The average British household unnecessarily throws away food worth £480 every year. This figure increases to £680 for families with children and most of it is good food – like bread, meat, cheese and vegetables – which is bought but not eaten.
The aim of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign is to inform people how to avoid wasting food, saving money for both consumers and local government, which has to dispose of the unnecessary waste.
An eco-friendly Enta CIC is using its Lakeside centre as a base for one of the region’s events, with a public cookery display being held on Tuesday (21 June) to showcase some simple recipes that make use of everyday, leftover food.
Centre manager Geraldine Dowling said: “We want to make the most of the centre here and give the local community an opportunity to take part and learn more about nutrition and food wastage.
“We have a vast range of community groups here in Erdington and it’ll be a great event that can be enjoyed by all. If you’re in the area, why not come along and enjoy the day.”
The Love Food Hate Waste campaign, launched in 2007 has been taken on by local authorities across the country.
Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Environment and Transport at Birmingham City Council, said: “We are delighted that Enta are lending their support to this campaign, which brings the recycling message, and actions everyone can take to address it, home to every household within the city.
“By simply being more sensible about our food shopping habits, not only can we all work together to reduce waste and help the planet, but we can also save ourselves money and inconvenience along the way.”
Enta is a social enterprise and training provider and, as well as running the Lakeside centre, it also runs Little Mill Nursery and Top Lock Cafe, at Mill Wharf. In addition, it offers conference and catering facilities – including a halal kitchen – as well as a landscaping and construction service.
For more information on the Lakeside Children’s and Family Learning Centre call on 0121 386 6150.