Two weekends ago I attended Blogfest 2014 (read about my butterflies on the tube here). Among the ‘find your funny’ & ‘how to make money’ seminars, there was a somewhat darker, more pressing issue brought to light.
The headline sponsor of the day was Unilever Project Sunlight. Together with Oxfam they have declared war on hunger.
In the UK alone, 11,500 tonnes of food is thrown away each day. I’ll say that again. That’s one thousand, six hundred and forty-two fully grown male African elephants tossed in the bin by the end of the day.
Meanwhile, one in five families live on the poverty line. 22% of which go without food to feed their children. At the same time, 75% of families who regularly throw food away. In a country with so much going spare, surely we can do more to help?
Project Sunlight has already provided two million meals to families in the UK & aims to provide another half a million.
You can find out the full array of how you can help on their pages here. Everything from hunger stats to leftovers recipes to how you can help.
But the quickest, easiest thing you can do is to accept the #ClearAPlate challenge. Tweet a picture of your empty plate with the hashtag to raise awareness and Unilever will donate to the cause.
But Bump, Baby & Me are going one step further.
Blogosphere, we challenge you to a #ClearAPlate #7Days blogging challenge.
Our Tesco shop will be delivered on Sunday morning & we will be charting our food waste over the following seven days. It’s not enough to clear your plate just once. We need to break bad habits, make new ones & set a good example for our little ones.
My mom brought me up with the line, “There are children starving in Africa. Finish your dinner.” Well guess what, there’s children starving in Britain too & it’s time we did something about it.
So scrape off those plates, box up those left overs & join us in the #ClearAPlate #7Days challenge. Good luck! And let us know how you get on.