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Track your food footprint

Learn some simple ways to save food from ending up in the rubbish bin.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Coloured pens or pencils
Food waste diary
PDF – 350.7KB

Before you begin

  • You’ll need to do this activity across three meetings, and people will need to track their food waste at home too.
  • You’ll need enough copies of the ‘Love food hate waste diary’ sheets for everyone to take one away with them.
  • You’ll also need to share the ‘Asto-nosh-ing food facts’ and ‘Easy peasy food saver tips’ with everyone. These can be found in the dropdowns below – you could print them out or write them on a whiteboard or some big pieces of paper. 

Learn the facts

  1. Everyone should split into small groups. The person leading the activity should share the ‘Asto-nosh-ing food facts’ with each group.
  2. Everyone should chat about the facts on their sheet.
    • How might food waste affect the group, the people they live with, their community, and other people across the world?
    • How might it affect the planet? How does it make people feel?
    • Why is it important that people do something about food waste?
  1. The person leading the activity should give everyone a ‘Food waste diary’. They should make sure everyone understands what they need to put in each of the boxes.
  1. Everyone should take their ‘Food waste diary’ home and put it somewhere it’s easy to see (for example, on the kitchen wall). They should complete it for a week.

Make a change

  1. Everyone should split into groups.
  1. Everyone should chat about their food diaries. Which foods did they throw away most? Why? The ‘when’ and ‘why’ of the diary should help everyone figure this out. The people leading the activity should help everyone with their discussions.
  1. Everyone should make some notes about the foods they want to try to save over the next week.
  1. Everyone should look at the ‘Easy peasy food saver tips’. They should decide on two or three actions that they want to try over the next week to help them cut down on food waste.
  2. The person leading the activity should give everyone a new ‘Love food hate waste diary’ sheet. They should make sure everyone understands what they need to put in each of the boxes.
  1. Everyone should share the actions they’ve chosen with the people they live with and encourage them to try their best too.
  2. Everyone should complete their new food diaries. Again, they can get creative with pictures and collages.

Compare and share

  1. Everyone should split into small groups.
  2. Each group should compare their diaries from week one and week two. How much food did they save from the bin? How could they continue to save food in future?
  3. The person leading the activity might decide to finish up the session by turning some leftover food into a tasty meal or snack.

Reflection

This activity was about being a citizen and making the world a better place. People kept diaries that showed how much food was thrown away when it could’ve been saved. How did they feel when they saved food from the bin? Was it easy to do? What did people learn in this activity? Will they change anything they do to stop more food being thrown away? Why is it important to tackle food waste? People might remember that food waste has a huge impact on the environment because lots of resources, time, and energy go into producing food. Despite this, a third of food produced globally isn’t eaten. How could people share what they’ve learned with others in their community to make an even bigger difference?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.