Vera Zakharov

Vera Zakharov

Vera Zakharov is the Project Coordinator of the Food Partnership's Love Food Hate Waste Campaign

Anti-food waste activist Bread Santa wins award

Its International Compost Awareness Week 1st to 7th May, so what a perfect occasion to reflect on what makes composting so special and why it’s so much more than recycling our peelings and feeding the worms. Perhaps you might be encouraged to get into composting, or do a little more with your heap.


Are you a food revolutionary? If you care about our wasteful food system and are ready to take action on it, then you are indeed. If you are ready to go zero-food waste at home, look after a community composting scheme or become a food surplus collector, then read on.

Many people have been asking us how they can help out with this event. With just 2 weeks to go, we need all hands on deck, so read on about how you can help to make Feeding the 5,000 a reality.

There is such a thing as a free lunch. On 29th October, over 5,000 people will be fed delicious curry on the Level to highlight that we can tackle food waste... with a fork and spoon. In the words of anti-food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart "the good news about food waste is that the solution is edible!"

Ice lollies are a great way to preserve fruit at the peak of its ripeness and even a handful of berries can be turned into a lolly. 

Food is more than just sustenance – it's a shared experience. For as long as humans have been around, we have been sharing our bounty with others, especially when we have too much or someone does not have enough.

This month marks the 5 year anniversary of the launch of the Food Partnership's Love Food Hate Waste Campaign. What a phenomenal journey it has been, with so much community activity around food waste reduction, food waste recycling and utilising food surpluses for social good. As we consider what the next 5 years will address in the city, let's celebrate all the amazing work that is currently happening.

Our group of friends love to eat together and when our friend Mungo suggested signing up as a group for Catchbox (a seasonally changing weekly order of sustainable fish) it seemed like a great reason to get together regularly. We were curious about Catchbox, but were worried about getting through a kilo of fish every week individually; and so our Fish Nights were born.

At this year's Autumn Food Festival, we partnered up with artists, charities and businesses for our FridgeSOS event – to tackle the issue of food waste and have fun doing it. Our marquee on 6th & 7th September featured recipe demonstrations, a smoothie cycle, an interactive kitchen display and even a supermarket made from plastic found on the beach.