The community is invited to learn how to reduce food wastage.
The community is invited to learn how to reduce food wastage. John Gass

Love food, hate waste? We've got the class for you

THE community is invited to learn how to reduce food wastage.

Australians throw out up to 20% of the food they purchase, resulting in an annual food waste figure of $8 billion.

In an attempt to reduce this shocking statistic, Gosford Regional Community Services is hosting a free community information session, Love Food Hate Waste on Monday, November 7 from 11am to 12.30pm at Wyoming Community Centre.

Community members are invited to attend the workshop, which is an initiative of Central Coast Council's Green Living Program and aims to raise awareness about the environmental, economic and social impacts of food waste and reduce the amount of good food being sent to landfill.

Executive officer of Gosford Regional Community Services, Kathy Sokk, says the workshop will provide families and young people with important hints and tips on reducing unnecessary food waste and saving money in the process.

"Simple factors such as the temperature of your fridge, planning meals and controlling portions can prevent you from throwing out thousands of dollars' worth of food each year," Kathy said.

"Many would be shocked to find out how a little bit of commonsense and forward thinking can have such a positive impact on your savings account, weekly waste levels and even your waistline.

"And it's not just individual households that can benefit from being food wise, it's the environment.

Every time good food is sent to landfill, it is contributing to generation of methane gas and the pollution of our local groundwater and waterways.

"The damage being caused by food waste is so severe that, if we were to stop food waste in NSW alone, the environmental impact would be the equivalent of taking 117,000 cars off the road.

"This workshop is the perfect opportunity to find out how you can save time and money, eat well and benefit the environment by making simple changes to your everyday habits," Kathy said.

Bookings are essential. Details go to www.gosfordcommunity.org.au or call 43237483.


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