Zero Waste Kitchen Challenge

We’re looking for 56 Norfolk households living in our 7 Discovery Communities, to take Sainsbury’s Zero Waste Kitchen Challenge. The aim of the Challenge is to reduce or avoid food waste over a 4 week period, telling us how you’re getting on and measuring the results.

So register and sign up to take the 4 week Zero Waste Kitchen Challenge and your household will receive:

  • A FREE handbook to get you started and guide you on your journey
  • Regular updates and advice about how to reduce your food waste
  • Simple to use food waste measurement forms to complete and return to us which completes your Challenge!
  • £20 worth of Sainsbury’s vouchers as a thank you for completing the Challenge at the end of week 4

You can also register for a Zero Waste Kitchen Challenge Workshop on Thursday 15 February 2018 09:30 – 13:00

If you’re not one of those first 56 households to sign up or don’t live in a Discovery Community area, don’t worry, you can take the Norfolk Food Waste Challenge which also includes measuring your food waste and receiving tips and advice about making food last longer.

Food Saver Events

Want to learn more, offer your support or just be inspired?

Between now and Spring 2018, a number of events will be held where you can come and meet the people behind the Sainsbury’s Discovery Communities, share your top tips about how to reduce your food waste and test your food knowledge.

Norwich’s first Food Saver Event took place on Saturday 29 October at Pumpkin Rescue at The Forum.

We will be popping up at other places and events in the coming months, so make sure you check back to find out where in Norwich we’ll be, so you can:

  • Take the Norfolk Food Waste Reduction PLEDGE
  • Too good to waste – come and sample good to eat products made from otherwise wasted food
  • Pick up recipe cards and top tips about storing your food at home
  • Lots of free food storage products for you to take home and try for yourself
  • Prizes and competitions free to enter. Win your household a Nutribullet or FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System

East Norwich Community Fridge

Community Fridges are communal places where surplus food is shared between people in a community, by local businesses and individuals.

The average UK household wastes £700 a year by throwing away food and drink which could have been eaten and £3 billion is wasted by food sectors. Despite growing awareness of food waste, there are few easy ways for people or businesses to get food near its ‘use by’ date to others.

So far across the UK, Community Fridges have helped thousands of people connect within their communities, access nutritious food, save money and reduce waste. With support from local food businesses, amazing community groups and their volunteers in each of our Discovery Communities, we are hoping to bring 7 Community Fridges to Norfolk – one in each of the Discovery Communities.

The East Norwich Community Fridge will be arriving in early 2018 – so watch this space! Until then, spread the word! Tell your friends and family who may also be interested in saving food and money.

When your Community Fridge is here, you can get involved by:

  • Visiting and supporting your local Community Fridge – check-out what free food it has to offer
  • If you are a local business or grower of vegetables, donate surplus food that you’re not going to use to your local Community Fridge

OLIO - the food sharing app

The scandal of food waste and a declining sense of neighbourly connection are issues Olio cares deeply about, so we’re thrilled to let our residents know there is an easy modern solution to both of these issues – OLIO –

OLIO is a free app that connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses, so surplus food and household items can be shared not thrown away.

Download it for free via:

Users simply snap a photo of their spare food and add it to the app. Neighbours who live nearby receive customised alerts and can request anything that takes their fancy. Most items are offered for free, though users can also request a donation to charity for their listings.

Food shared could be food nearing its sell-by date from local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from the local baker or the groceries in your fridge when you go away, move home or go on a diet.

Fab Primary Schools - Foods Foods

Using Sainsbury’s education resources and local know-how, all primary schools in each of the Discovery Communities have been invited to take part in their Discovery Community activities.

As the name suggests, the Fab Food resource pack introduces children to the topic of food waste through looking at what their school wastes and how to avoid wasting food.

If you have a child at one of the Primary Schools – look out for helpful tips and gadgets coming home aimed at avoiding food waste.