Sustainable Northern Ireland/ Belfast Food Network recently received a £9,940 grant from Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme. They got the grant to fund a #Feedingthe5000 event for people in Belfast. It is part of a Big Lottery Fund grants announcement today of £635,016 to 78 groups across Northern Ireland. (Find out more about awards in your area)
Well known chef Para and his team, cooked up biriyanis in two giant pots served up in compostable bowls with pakoras and poppadums. Three hundred people ate at a time at a communal table set out on Donegall Street. The point of the whole event was to highlight how much good usable produce is wasted because the vegetables are not the right size or shape, and to ask people to try to play a part in reducing food waste by changing buying habits. It was also to bring people together over a shared meal to discuss these issues and make connections.
Kerry Melville, Coordinator of Belfast Food network/Sustainable NI said:
“The Belfast Food Network were delighted by the overwhelmingly positive response to Feed the 5000. Over 5,500 people were fed a delicious curry made with a tonne of surplus vegetables which was prepped by 100 volunteers.
The event highlighted the importance of supporting local producers, buying directly from markets, farm shops, bakeries and greengrocers where possible as well as encouraging people to reduce their food waste by using everything they buy.
The Awards for All grant enabled 25 farms, distributors, organisations and charities to work together to provide a communal meal that was enjoyed by all. We would like to extend a huge thank you to our partners, Culture Night, Friends of the Earth, Greenman Packaging and the Big Lunch who provided exceptional support.”