BOWLS of free food were dished up in Guildhall Square as part of an event to reduce food wastage.
The Portsmouth Food Partnership was officially launched with a Feed the 5,000 event.
A vegetable curry, a Mediterranean casserole and rice have been cooked by the Royal Navy with ingredients supplied by stores that otherwise would have chucked the ingredients.
Food Partnership coordinator Megan Saunders said: ‘There has been a great turnout and I think the weather has helped.
‘We want to highlight how much food waste happens on a global scale, but also give solutions locally on how to reduce this.’
Jenny Cox, 31, is manager of the Canvas Coffee shop in Portsmouth and Southsea train station.
She said: ‘Its great to see the awareness of food wastage raised and hopefully it will make people think of what they can do with leftover food at home.’
Picture: Jenny Cox, 31, and Jordan Clarke, 23, tuck in