FEED bellies not bins – that’s the slogan of a new project aimed at reducing the amount of food wasted in Portsmouth.
And feeding tummies – 5,000 to be exact – is exactly what will be happening in the city next month.
The Portsmouth Food Partnership is looking for volunteers who will come together in Guildhall Square and serve 5,000 portions of free food to people.
And the grub will be sourced from places where it otherwise would have ended up in the bin.
Portsmouth Food Partnership co-ordinator Megan Saunders said: ‘A huge team of volunteers will be needed to transform over a tonne of food from shops, supermarkets and farms that would otherwise be wasted into a free lunchtime feast.
‘We want to demonstrate that we can tackle food waste with a fork and spoon, and have fun doing it.’
People are needed to volunteer for a large number of roles in order to make the event a success.
Megan added: ‘Volunteer roles include set-up and take down of the site, food waste ambassadors, bin angels, runners, servers, site stewards, team leaders, communications, media support and of course, dressing as a vegetable.
‘There is something for everyone, and roles vary in time commitment.’
The event takes place on Wednesday, December 9, and lunch will be served between 11am to 2.30pm.
On the day members of the public will also be given the inspiration to try out new recipes and tips to reduce food waste at home.
And information will be given on how to get involved with food waste projects, including at government level.
Businesses will be called on to do more to reduce their food waste and support local food projects through donating surplus items.
On Tuesday, December 8, the Big Chop event will take place, which will need an army of volunteers to chop and peel rescued vegetables.
This will run from the afternoon into the evening.
The event is being run by a number of organisations, including the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, Love Your Street, Portsmouth Together, the University of Portsmouth, the Royal Navy and FoodCycle Portsmouth
To get involved, go online and fill out the following form bit.ly/1SbRuqS