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Discussing meals waste and feeding the nation with UK Harvest

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We not too long ago hosted an Instagram Stay, the place Magpie Izzy sat down with Sarah Morison from meals waste charity UK Harvest. They mentioned the work UK Harvest do, how they assist feed individuals throughout the UK and extra! When you missed the stay, don’t concern! You’ll be able to watch it beneath. It’s also possible to learn the transcript of the stay beneath, too!

Don’t neglect to take a look at the UK Harvest web site right here. You will discover them on Instagram right here and comply with The Nourish Hub right here.

UK Harvest have loads of volunteering alternatives. If you’re unable to volunteer, why not signal as much as their e-newsletter or be a part of certainly one of their upcoming on-line cook-alongs?



So thanks a lot for approaching. That is Sarah Morison from UK Harvest for everybody that’s joined to this point, hopefully we’ll get a couple of extra individuals as time goes on. So UK Harvest is a meals, meals waste charity, I’d say, you understand, attempting to attempt to feed the nation at the moment, which is a tremendous, superb factor to be doing. So we wished to hop on with Sarah and kind of talk about UK Harvest, and all the pieces they stand up to, the work they do and how one can assist them and the way they may help you.

So yeah, so we’ll be discussing issues. When you’ve obtained any questions, simply depart them beneath. We’ll attempt to reply them. And there’ll be a playback of this on the web site and on our YouTube channel afterwards. So if you must depart for any purpose, or your connection drops out otherwise you are available in midway via, there can be a playback. So, Sarah, so if you wish to simply begin by kind of speaking us via what UK Harvest is what they do, that’d be actually nice.


Completely, thanks. UK Harvest was actually arrange in 2017. So, we’re fairly a younger charity, we’re very a lot an environmental charity. As we forestall meals waste, the entire concept is we seize that meals that may in any other case go to waste. So it is likely to be surplus meals, proper throughout the availability chain. And that’s farmers, growers, producers, wholesalers, distributors, stay occasions, any meals that may in any other case get wasted. And truly 80% of what we rescue is perishable. So it’s recent fruit and veg, so that you’re working to fairly tight timings as a result of it actually can rot in entrance of you. And we have to seize that and redistribute it to individuals who really want it. In order that’s the environmental degree.

However what’s so implausible is taking one thing that may in any other case go to waste and be certain that those that actually do want it. And that’s homeless, refuges, home abuse shelters, we’ve obtained a community of just about 300 charities proper throughout the south of England that we help via this donated meals. However there’s one other challenge I’ll let you know about in a minute. So we’re tremendous busy accumulating the meals and redistributing it to those that want it. However I feel the necessary factor is a few meals redistribution charities are actually about logistics.

We’re robust believers that if you happen to wrap all the pieces we do round with training – it’s no giving somebody a butternut squash in the event that they don’t know what to do with it. So we’re actually about equipping individuals to study some price range pleasant, fast straightforward ideas that they will use within the kitchen to develop their food plan and construct up wholesome nutritious meals and meals with the meals that we offer.


Nice and I observed in your web site you’ve an entire bit about recipes, straightforward recipes, you’ve obtained some good, pancakes on there, frittatas, scrumptious issues, my mouth is watering once I was taking a look at all of it, however actually nice that you’ve that sort of on-line presence that you just say that training presence, you’ve obtained some movies I feel they’re referred to as the Furry Harvesters, that’s nice, nice initiative as some actually good movies and making some straightforward issues.

Such as you say I feel it’s nice you understand, it’s one factor to present individuals meals after which to a different factor to kind of educate them how they will how they will make issues out of it and there’s so many issues you can also make out of you understand, some tomatoes you can also make an array of issues and you understand, I feel it’s actually nice that that kind of on-line platform is there for individuals to kind of return to as properly and I observed you had a an internet prepare dinner alongside.


Yeah, that’s one factor I used to be going to hope to advertise in the present day truly if you happen to go onto our web site, so it’s UK in scroll alongside the highest there’s numerous tabs and underneath group, we’ve obtained an entire part referred to as Nourish Ed so nourish training, and that’s simply full of cash saving, waste stopping, cookery programs and ideas. A lot of, as you say, leftover recipe concepts to present you inspiration. So if you happen to’ve obtained these previous couple of carrots mendacity round, you understand, I may do it right here, I can try this. We’re actually fortunate to work with tremendous inventive cooks. And each single day right here is like Prepared Regular Cook dinner, we do not know what produce goes to be collected from the farms that day.

So this morning, I’ve simply been over and there’s cauli shoots in there.So like lengthy cauliflowers, we’ve obtained plenty of beautiful recent tomatoes that can most likely flip in a few days. So we’re desperately arising with a lot of extra tomato recipes, chilies, all types. In order that Nourish Ed platform on our web site is simply nice for happening to and choosing up these recipe and concepts.

Additionally on there, you’ll see there’s three stay cook-alongs arising. And as everyone knows, we’ve all needed to rein our budgets in, we are able to’t essentially, Deliveroo takeaways are all now a luxurious. So we’ve obtained a collection of cook-alongs arising, there’s one on the thirtieth of September primary on the 4th of October primary on the seventeenth. They’re all free to hitch, and we’re doing takeaways, we’re going to show you easy methods to make, I don’t know cool chilli, a little bit of a Mexican, we’d do.

However utilizing actually good retailer cabinet elements that you just’ve already most likely obtained at dwelling, and also you’ve forgotten concerning the paprika within the cabinet. After which there’s and we’ll put that collectively and you’ll have a fakeaway at dwelling. In order that’s about equipping individuals with actually good cooking abilities, however to eat actually wholesome on a price range.


That’s such a good suggestion as properly, as a result of such as you say, you understand, all of us have a cheeky take away once in a while, we like to, you understand, finish our Friday night time with one thing scrumptious, to reward ourselves for the week, but it surely’s about saving the pennies for the time being. And you understand, a variety of my favorite meals that I make are ones that I kind of assume proper what have I obtained within the cabinet? How can I make one thing out of this?

And I feel yeah, such as you say, simply kind of exhibiting individuals but, you understand, the weirdest mixture of elements you won’t have considered may make one thing so scrumptious, and prevent a lot cash. And I feel you understand, fakeaway is such a great way to start out as a result of you understand, all of us love a takeaway, however sadly, they’re simply going up in worth. And generally, you understand, you can also make one thing even higher than to remove at dwelling.


So with that, you’re completely proper, it’s cheaper while you do it at dwelling, you possibly can have simply a lot of enjoyable doing it, particularly if it’s a part of a cook-along. And what we attempt to embed in all our programs are these kind of meals waste ideas. So that you just’re you’re not peeling a veg, you possibly can ditch the peeler, it simply give it a scrub, it’s obtained a great deal of diet within the within the skins of those greens and issues, and actually excited about what waste you might be creating at dwelling.

As a result of we’re very a lot working at this trade degree. And we if you happen to take a look at the meals waste accessible, we’re taking 30% of what will get wasted. That’s what occurs at farms, however 70% of meals waste truly occurs at dwelling. So we’ve all started working actually arduous to scale back our personal. And that’s not identical to monetary, it’s additionally as a result of all of that meals, the trouble that’s gone into rising and the water and the ability and the vitality, the transport to get that meals after which put it within the bin and throw it into landfill is simply tragic. So I really feel like one environmental factor we are able to all do to assist.


Yeah, that’s fascinating. You say that, as a result of greatest earlier than dates and promote by dates are there as a information, however I feel lots of people use them as you understand, bible. I get, you understand, possibly rooster and belongings you don’t wish to use previous the date as a result of they are often harmful, however issues like greens and fruit. You already know, do the sniff take a look at. So that you may get the odd squidgy tomato, however I discover you possibly can chuck them in a spag bol. That’s high-quality. I feel you’re proper. I feel we waste much more than individuals assume. And I’ve actually tried to chop again and assume extra about what I’m chucking away. And the freezer is my greatest buddy. You already know, all the pieces I can’t eat, I simply freeze. It’s nice.


That sounds such as you already everywhere in the ideas, which is nice. I feel that you just’re completely proper with greatest earlier than dates, that’s actually a information of high quality. It’s not a faith in any means. Simply use your personal judgement. And the one factor we actually advocate is if you happen to see a use by date, that’s the one you take heed to. And as you say, if you happen to get close to that and also you realise that you just’re not going to make use of these rooster breasts tonight, tomorrow night time, whack them within the freezer, it buys you an enormous period of time. You’ll be able to actually freeze that three months, after which use it while you want it. However you simply should freeze freeze freeze if you happen to’re arising towards a by date.


Yeah, positively. So, what do UK Harvest do kind of on the bottom degree, so I do know you’ve some hubs, and a few group kitchens and issues. Might you inform us a bit extra about these?


Completely. We grew massively throughout COVID. You’ll be able to think about when immediately all of these routes to hospitality, faculties, eating places, all the pieces closed. All of that meals backed up very, in a short time. And we had been actually inundated with a loopy quantity of meals. And though we had been delivering to a lot of charities and people who had been susceptible and sheltering throughout COVID, we fairly rapidly realised that that simply wasn’t the best means of doing it.

So once we arrange this community of pantries, and we name it a pop up pantry, and it’s actually a lot extra than simply meals, it’s a means of coming collectively in the neighborhood. And those that we run down in Chichester, the place we’re primarily based, however we stretch so far as Midhurst and right down to Selsey. It’s all on our web site underneath pop up pantry, we flip up for an hour at a group centre. And we work actually intently with that group to be sure that individuals from that basically native space are coming in.

We additionally goal the housing associations in that space. We work with a variety of refugees.It’s nice we work with anybody who is likely to be on a good price range, and the distinction with us and meals banks is there’s no registration. We welcome everybody, you’re all working collectively to attempt to rescue this meals. However people who find themselves on a good price range can actually pop a prompt donation of £3.50 and produce a bag and rescue the meals that they wish to feed their household with. So in contrast to a meals financial institution, the place it is likely to be very a lot tinned base, that is way more recent, nutritious, and folks can select. And that choice is absolutely key, as a result of they’re selecting what they wish to feed their household that week.

And we are able to additionally wrap the meals round with recommendation. Citizen’s recommendation are superb. They arrive right down to a few of our pantries they usually may help individuals get on board with checking what different extra advantages they may have. All of that may be wrapped round and we have interaction individuals across the meals  And we’ve actually discovered put up COVID that you understand, whether or not it’s some aged individuals who might need had that kind of isolation, this breaks that social isolation, it brings these communities collectively. And it’s such a cheerful vibe.

The pantry is nice, everybody goes away sharing recipes, concepts, recommendations on what we are able to do with the broccoli and it will get individuals speaking and excited about easy methods to use and develop these diets and never waste meals. In order that’s pantry community. After which as you mentioned we’ve additionally obtained this fabulous challenge in London referred to as the Nourish Hub. And I’d encourage anybody in West London to come back and go to it’s unbelievable. We had been fortunate sufficient to get funding via the Mayor of London and Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council to show a type of, it’s like a Sainsbury’s native that was once, it’s on the backside of an enormous tower block in West London, Shepherds Bush. And it’s now probably the most thriving group kitchen.

So we serve actually nutritious, nice vegetarian meals on daily basis, there’s a prompt donation worth of say, 5 kilos for curry, scrumptious curry. However if you happen to can’t afford it, that’s high-quality. Don’t fear about it. So we we goal everybody in the neighborhood, whether or not you’re working in an workplace across the nook, and you’ll pop down for a pleasant reasonably priced lunch. Otherwise you is likely to be actually struggling and homeless. And we’ve some beautiful guys that are available in each single day and have scorching meals with us. So we actually bringing that entire group collectively in West London.

And what’s nice as properly is the catering kitchen there, the crew of cooks who’re prepping the meals for the cafe on daily basis, are actually supported by I imply, none of our operation would occur with out volunteers. We’ve obtained some beautiful volunteers in there who’re additionally studying actually key cookery abilities. And generally it’s like a stepping stone for them to get employment, say on the finish of it and go into the hospitality trade. So we are able to prepare up inside the kitchen and provides them references once they transfer on. So there’s that catering web site.

After which on the different finish of the Neighborhood Cafe is a wonderful coaching kitchen, the place we are able to run focused programs to households, to totally different charities we work with, to show these key cooking abilities. And within the holidays, clearly, we’ve the vacation exercise programme to help these youngsters on free faculty meals to study some nice cooking abilities and in addition get a pleasant scorching lunch on the similar time. So I can’t say tasks are taking place throughout. Nevertheless it’s actually good how we are able to use meals. And that is all rescued meals. It’s all used to essentially maintain and have interaction individuals round meals waste consuming meals, and actually getting individuals out of that isolation and coming collectively round meals.


Yeah, I feel the phrase group is ideal for it since you actually are. You already know, it’s not nearly meals. It’s about you understand, serving to individuals get entangled and make buddies. And I feel that’s actually beautiful, particularly as you say, COVID put lots of people into isolation and folks felt very lonely. And you understand, there’s an enormous loneliness difficulty with aged individuals particularly and I feel that’s a beautiful, beautiful factor and it offers them a kind of secure area to come back and take part. And I additionally noticed in your web site, you talked about you possibly can there’s a prompt donation, however you mentioned you’ll by no means flip anybody away. So even if you happen to’d solely give 10p. You already know, that’s that’s so beautiful to know. And I feel that can actually reassure lots of people and take weight off lots of people’s shoulders, particularly for the time being.

So I feel that’s actually nice. I had a pair extra questions for you. So clearly you mentioned you had been primarily based in Chichester, and also you kind of go right down to, I noticed you doing a little issues in Brighton the place I stay truly. So is it kind of simply primarily based kind of down South?


The UK Harvest distribution centre if you happen to like, the precise rescue operations a part of the enterprise could be very a lot as you say in Chichester. However actually, the realm we cowl, we go so far as Bristol on a Monday and acquire from there, we go proper out to Kent and acquire there and into South London. So we acquire, we cowl very a lot the South of England when it comes to our attain. And that’s when it comes to the donors we decide up from.

And we help when it comes to different ones, generally there’s alternatives that come via, you understand, superb quantities of meals that may immediately turn into accessible up close to Birmingham, we’ve truly arrange throughout COVID implausible factor referred to as the Xcess Community. We will put hyperlinks on I’m positive, however I feel up with different related kind charities. So with an enormous alternative comes via to us, we’re actually good, the entire meals rescue world is set to only not waste. So we inform companions that is likely to be the bread and butter additional north. And we’ll say, are you able to guys rescue this as a result of it’s simply out of our attain. And equally, if there’s an enormous meals, or we’ve obtained a glutt of candy potatoes, we’ll hyperlink with Metropolis Harvest, and do a swap will drive up with potatoes, they’ll give us apples and pears, you understand, we actually commerce the entire time. So it’s an actual partnership working.

However when it comes to utilization of the tasks that individuals can entry. Our pantries for the time being are very particular spaced all our programs which might be accessible on our web site, that’s all on-line, that’s nationwide, you go for it get pleasure from wherever you might be. After which the London centre. I imply, we’ll see anybody that may get to Shepherd’s Bush. We’re 5 minutes away from that.


Fantastic and also you mentioned that, you understand, you provide a variety of issues totally free, which I feel is superb, you understand, these programs on-line and these recipes on-line. So how can individuals donate to you or volunteer their time? You already know, can individuals simply signal as much as volunteer? Or can they you understand, donate a bit of cash in the event that they wish to? How does that work?


Good. Completely. The simplest factor is if you happen to go to our web site, the highest proper, it says Get Concerned, if you happen to click on on there, there’s alternative ways of doing it. So you possibly can donate time. And if you wish to volunteer for us, completely. There’s a join sheet there. We’re at all times in search of volunteers, the the alternatives, if I’m trustworthy, kind of fluctuate relying on the tasks we’ve obtained concerned. Nevertheless it’s nice to be concerned, you’ll at all times have a e-newsletter that you understand, we maintain you updated with these these choices. The opposite click on down is clearly Donate Cash.

For support, we’re a charity, we’re completely reliant on donations on grant funding, some Nationwide Lottery Funding Council funding, we actually really want it to maintain these vans on the highway to maintain rescuing. So if anybody is ready to donate cash, then that may be fabulous. And there’s a quite simple donate button there. The opposite factor, which is simply beautiful is simply to enroll to our e-newsletter hyperlink, very straightforward to do. And that means, you’ll simply have a e-newsletter each week with what we’re as much as as a charity. And also you may see the totally different tasks we’re concerned in, and in addition some meals waste ideas.So there are alternative ways that you would be able to get entangled like that.


Fantastic. And do you’ve any kind of ideas simply off the highest of your head? You already know, we’ve coated a couple of little ideas right here and there. Simply methods individuals you understand, tonight can look of their fridge and assume, proper? How can I save this meals? Or you understand, is there something that you are able to do to save lots of your self a bit of cash and kind of forestall some meals waste in your house?


Completely, there’s thousands and thousands, we frequently say a variety of it’s simply organising your fridge, generally it’s fairly good to have one of many cabinets, which is the ‘I must eat this now’ shelf, to just be sure you’ve you’ve clocked what’s in there. And possibly it’s the rooster breast that’s nearly to go off, it makes positive that there’s a kind of go to shelf that you just use first. And actually whilst you’re wanting on the information, ignore the perfect earlier than, it’s utilized by you take a look at. Put it within the freezer, if you happen to’re not going to make use of it, positively.

The opposite factor we at all times say is simply earlier than you get grocery store or possibly earlier than you head to work within the morning, take an image of the fridge, take an image of your cabinet. So while you buy groceries, you find yourself shopping for what you’ve already obtained in your fridge, easy factor, simply take that image and also you’ll bear in mind to not purchase double, you understand, plan the meals that you just’re truly going to eat and be sensible about it. We generally have this grand plan and what we’re going to buy for the week after which half of it, you understand doesn’t get used for no matter. Actually, actually take into consideration the meal planning. Take that image of your meals and simply attempt to eat within the order that you understand it’s going to expire.

However yeah, simply get inventive combine issues up. Attempt to experiment. We’ve obtained some recipe concepts that can at all times offer you inspiration.


Yeah, completely. There’s a lot, a lot in your web site. We’ve obtained a query right here from Chloe who says; “Actually nice concepts. Is there any meals that shouldn’t be frozen?”


Any meals that shouldn’t be frozen…there’s generally controversy about egg however I’m afraid, we nonetheless freeze eggs. You’ll be able to break them down, crack them in a bag and that means they are often frozen. I’m doing a shout out right here. I can’t consider something off the highest of my head. Salad I suppose, no matter you name salad. However something like herbs, you understand, chop it up, put it in with oil in these little ice trays. That may be an amazing tip. However no, we haven’t discovered one which’s an enormous no but, so we’re all about freezing if you happen to can.


Nice and you understand there’s so many issues that individuals don’t assume to freeze that freeze high-quality. I froze hummus, I froze cream cheese you understand generally it’d separate a bit, simply give them a stir and it’ll return to regular. I feel simply trial and error. I feel I some issues, yeah, they may look a bit dodgy as soon as defrosted. However yeah, simply give them a stir they usually sort of return. However yeah, I feel that’s a very, actually good tip.

I’ve by no means truly tried to freeze eggs, however I suppose that may work. I don’t see why that wouldn’t work. However yeah. And clearly you spoke concerning the cook-alongs arising. Is there another occasions that we are able to look out for or something thrilling arising for UK Harvest?


We have now obtained some tasks, I’m simply wishing we had been a few days down the road. So, I’d actually like it if everybody can comply with @UKHarvest. For our Instagram, we’ll be launching one thing quickly round Halloween. I hope ideas, as a result of I’m an actual certainly one of like, don’t simply carve your pumpkin, prepare dinner it this 12 months, you understand, be sure that issues like that simply don’t get wasted.

So the Nourish Hub on Instagram, that’s all exhibits you all these beautiful menus which might be taking place in London on daily basis. However the cook-alongs, that’s a nationwide programme, we might love individuals to hitch the cook-alongs and the extra who can have interaction with that the higher. So strive. See what you assume and try this fakeaway at dwelling.


Yeah, fantastic. And you understand what, it’s humorous you say about pumpkins, as a result of I made a beautiful pumpkin soup final 12 months with my pumpkin and toasted the seeds. And that was scrumptious. I feel it’s nice. Like, I feel when you get into that mindset of proper, I’ve obtained some leftovers. What can I do with it? Proper, I’ve obtained a random little bit of pumpkin, what can I do?

And you understand, my Mum, she’s a really frugal lady. She’s taught me all I do know, bless her and she or he at all times says freeze all vegetable scrapings and issues and make some vegetable inventory out of them. And I feel that’s such a pleasant concept. And also you assume, oh, it’s a bit bizarre simply shoving a great deal of vegetable peel in water, but it surely’s so scrumptious. And it’s so low-cost to make. And once more, simply one other technique to forestall that waste, which is nice.


We truly had a beautiful crew of volunteers in right here earlier they usually’ve been making, so that you peel potatoes, as a result of we did truly must peel them for this challenge we had been doing. However the entire peelings, we actually simply places somewhat little bit of curry powder on, little bit of oil, put them within the oven is probably the most scrumptious, like kind of potato peel crisps. So I’m like you can also make this a problem. What can I do with these? Simply Simply keep away from placing something within the bin. Please, please, please.


And if you happen to do compost it, don’t put it within the normal waste. Effectively, thanks a lot. Simply earlier than we go, I used to be gonna say you understand, clearly, the colder months are coming and Christmas is arising. And if there’s anybody watching or who watches this again that possibly is aware of somebody at Christmas that possibly is homeless or one thing like that. Are you open through the Christmas interval? Are you serving to individuals out at the moment?


We are actually simply placing collectively our programme for Christmas. So I feel the perfect factor is please take a look at the web site. Completely. We’ll clearly lengthen the assistance as a lot as we are able to. And we’re working with different tasks. So we’ll at all times signpost to different extra help if we have to. And as much as Christmas, we can be doing a great deal of totally different training lessons about simply how to not over purchase for Christmas, simply plan and don’t overdo it as a result of it truly is a kind of time of 12 months the place there’s a variety of meals waste that so avoidable.

So I feel this 12 months significantly, when budgets are tight, we’re going to be sure that individuals don’t overspend. However you understand, heaps to share and maintain following us. However sure, we can be supporting as many individuals as we are able to this winter so the extra donations the higher. There’s a donate meals button additionally on the web site. So we are going to work with any meals manufacturers, trade companions, growers who’re capable of hyperlink up with us that’d be nice.


Fantastic. Effectively thanks a lot. I’ve been chatting with Sarah Morison from UK Harvest so be sure to comply with UK Harvest and is it Nourish Hub?


The Nourish Hub, sure. It’s our London Neighborhood Cafe. Nevertheless it’s all you possibly can see the hyperlink definitely via at UK Harvest. Sarah Morison Fantastic and ensure to take a look at the UK Harvest web site. You’ll be able to volunteer, you possibly can donate or simply take a look at their superb recipes. They obtained some very nice issues on there. So positively verify that out. You’ve obtained some casseroles, you’ve obtained some pies, all the pieces, so positively if you happen to’re caught for recipes, positively take a look at UK harvest. We can be popping this stay on our YouTube channel and on our web site. So you possibly can watch it again if you happen to’ve simply are available in. And we’ll be linking to the UK Harvest web site so yow will discover them there as properly.



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