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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
Love food hate waste diary
PDF – 354.0KB
Asto-nosh-ing food facts
PDF – 1.4MB
Easy peasy food saver tips
PDF – 1.0MB
One Scout imagines a lorry driving across the world, whilst three other Scouts imagine the types of food which have a similar environmental impact.

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 enough copies of the ‘Asto-nosh-ing food facts’ and ‘Easy peasy food saver tips’ sheets for each small group to have one.

Learn the facts

  1. Everyone should split into small groups. The person leading the activity should give each group an ‘Asto-nosh-ing food facts’ sheet.
  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 ‘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 take their ‘Love food hate waste diary’ sheet 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’ sheet. 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.