Did you know that one in five UK families lives below the poverty line? This means in some areas, there are whole neighbourhoods affected, even if you can’t see it.

Together, the collective population of the UK throw away 11,500 tonnes of food every day. This is enough to fill Wembley almost to the brim every year . in a land that throws away so much, it’s shocking that so many families go to bed hungry.

Welcome to the Great British Food Paradox: 1 in 5 struggling households miss a meal daily, yet 75% of us regularly throw food away.

This mealtime, you can make a difference. Show your support for #ClearAPlate by not wasting a morsel of food. Share a photo of your empty plate on Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #ClearAPlate.

As you raise awareness of this important issue and reduce your family’s waste, Unilever will be supporting UK families in need by providing half a million meals and raising awareness with PROJECT SUNLIGHT This is in addition to almost two million meals they’ve already provided through their partnership with Oxfam’s poverty work in the UK.

Jimmy Doherty talks about the campaign here:

 

 

My family tries to follow the following food rules that are still going strong after nearly 100 years:

FOOD rules to follow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My top tip for reducing food waste is:

 ‘Use all the veg in the cupboard and fridge before things start growing out of it and it goes mouldy to make a soup’

 

Unilever are giving away a hamper worth £50 which includes the following:

· Colourful kitchen whisk

· Measuring spoons

· Fridge magnets with imperial/metric conversions

· Measuring Jug

· Multicoloured/stacking food containers

· Reusable cupcake cases,

· Egg Timer

· Shopping list/meal planner notebook

· Window planter with seeds

· Leftovers Cookbook

Hamper 1 - Eat Well Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To enter let me know in the comments your top tip for  clearing your plate and reducing food waste (I will tweet all of them)  and use the simple Rafflecoptor widget below to be in the draw:

Good Luck!!

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Terms & Conditions:
Start date is 12am, 4th December 2014 and the closing date is 12am, December 12th 2014. The winner will be notified within 3 working days by email. The winner will need to provide a postal address for me to pass onto Unilever who will arrange delivery. If the winner does not respond with a postal address within 2 days of contact the giveaway will be re-drawn and the prize re-allocated. The winner must have fulfilled the mandatory requirement. The prize is not transferable and there is no monetary alternative. Unilever is responsible for the fulfillment of this prize. UK entry only.

 

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36 thoughts on “#Clearaplate Campaign WIN a Project Sunlight Hamper!

  • December 4, 2014 at 7:06 pm
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    Only cook enough for the meal. No wastage and good for the figure x

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  • December 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm
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    I measure everything, that way I don’t cook more than I can eat 🙂

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  • December 5, 2014 at 7:17 am
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    I only cook enough for a meal and if there is any left over on the plate which is very rare, it goes in a pot and the dogs eat it next day … I make quite a lot of one pot meals and stews etc so usually a couple of days worth and anything thats been in the fridge a bit goes in them

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  • December 5, 2014 at 9:36 am
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    I only dish up what will be eaten , if they are still hungry a little pudding will help sort that out.

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  • December 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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    Plan each meal before you do the weekly shop. That way you won’t buy too much. Incorporate leftovers by using them for lunches.

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  • December 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm
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    Plan meals at the beginning of the week so you are less likely to not use it at the end of the week

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  • December 7, 2014 at 10:22 am
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    Rationing was still in place in England when I was growing up (ended in 1954!) so I just never waste food, it’s inbuilt in me. When we had Domestic Science at school we had lots of lessons on using up leftovers and this was in the late 1960’s.
    I cook the correct amount but if anything left it is used as a base for the next meal – simples!
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  • December 7, 2014 at 10:35 am
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    Freeze spare veg in usable portions before they go off – it means you may not have to buy any next week!

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  • December 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm
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    At the end of each week I make a big pan of soup. I use all of my leftover veg including whatever is leftover from the roast dinner. I boil the chicken carcass first so any meat left on the carcass falls off into the water and flavour comes from the bones too and then add all veg and a few potatoes until soft and then mixidise. I then freeze in portions which are handy when the kids get home from school (an instant hot healthy snack) or for lunches when I am feeling lazy or when the kids are ill (which is a lot in the winter)- full of vitamins too and cost very little!

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  • December 9, 2014 at 12:18 am
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    1) use a measure for rice & spaghetti
    2) cook for six & freeze the extra
    3) never do shop on an empty stomach
    4) shop 2-3 times a week instead of one big shop
    4) do a one day fast & donate your days food to a homeless person (hopefully will make you appreciate food)

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  • December 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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    Always plan meals for the whole week and only buy as much as is needed so no waste. Leftovers (when there are any!) get frozen as will do another meal for one of us at some point or eaten the next day.

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  • December 10, 2014 at 7:40 pm
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    I always have my late Mother’s message ringing through my head when I am cooking- what about the poor starving babies in Africa? so Iam too afraid to cook too much at one go in case she haunts me!

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  • December 10, 2014 at 8:37 pm
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    Serve up away from the table. Less is better then return for seconds. Leftovers for lunch, great for office based workers. Saves food, and money (no buying lunch at work).

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  • December 10, 2014 at 10:36 pm
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    Make a big batch of soup out of all the veggies that need using up and freeze some batches to use later.

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  • December 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm
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    Use Smaller dinner plates and cook only what will be eaten.

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  • December 10, 2014 at 11:44 pm
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    When ever i have food left over i put it on a bird table out in the garden so the birds can enjoy it. obviously this doesn’t alway would (soup) so i also have a compost heap.

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  • December 11, 2014 at 12:44 am
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    Put small portions on the plate and freeze whatever is left for another day.

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  • December 11, 2014 at 3:31 am
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    I,m on a budget so am always careful about how much food I put on my familys plates but If there is any scraps it doesn’t get wasted I have seven cats a puppy a stray cat and Sammy the hedgehog that come in the garden at night believe me nothing is wasted what dont feed one feeds another also sometimes the birdie, s get a look in too,

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  • December 11, 2014 at 5:13 am
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    Google for recipes using the ingredients left over from making a meal, and see what comes up.

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  • December 11, 2014 at 6:19 am
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    Avoid multi-buy offers at the supermarket when you aren’t certain you will use it all

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  • December 11, 2014 at 9:37 am
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    Never overload your plate, it you want more then there is plenty in the kitchen. The rest can be used for lunches the following day 🙂

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  • December 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm
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    Soups are my secret weapon against waste! Its amazing how quick and easy they are, and you can put almost anything in them. And usually the only additional ingredient you need is cream or stock (depending on the soup)!

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  • December 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm
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    Only cook enough for the family – no extras just in case they’re extra hungry! Leftover potatoes and veg make great bubble and squeak the next night

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  • December 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm
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    Buy sensibly – don’t buy expensive packets of trimmed chicken breast, when a whole chicken can be split up at home to make multiple meals (and a soup!)

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  • December 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm
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    Use use by dates as a guide. Foods will not spoil like Cinderella at midnight! ! Use own judgment on whether the product is ok to use before discarding.

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  • December 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm
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    Save unused boiled potatoes and fry the following morning for breakfast

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  • December 11, 2014 at 8:49 pm
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    only put as much as you think you cab eat on your plate in the first place- then eat it all up- simples!

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  • December 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm
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    Let people serve themselves from dishes on the table then the leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen for lunches or a tea for one.

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  • December 11, 2014 at 9:50 pm
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    I always meal plan so we don’t waste much food at all as only buy what we need for the week

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  • December 11, 2014 at 9:57 pm
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    Slather everything with tomato ketchup so`s it`s all delicious.

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  • December 11, 2014 at 10:54 pm
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    cook just enough

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