Campaign helps cut food waste in schools, kindergartens almost by half

Mengeš – Slovenian schools and kindergartens have reduced food waste by 42% as part of the Food is Not for Waste project by the Eco-School programme and the retailer Lidl Slovenia. The project, which aims to raise awareness of responsible food consumption and disposal, also marked the first Slovenian No Food Waste Day on 24 April.

The organisers said they wished to raise awareness among children, parents and teachers on the issue of food waste and how to make changes in their day-to-day life to discard as little food as possible.

Some even managed to reach a 95% decrease in food waste, which is important as an average Slovenian discards a third of their groceries each year. In addition, 40% of the discarded food is still edible.

As a result of the project, a contest was organised with participants creating more than 200 recipes, 20 of which are featured in the Recycled Cooking booklet.

“It is inspiring to see children and mentors apply the acquired knowledge to their day-to-day life and share it with their environment. It is safe to say that the project changes how Slovenian families perceive and treat food,” said the national coordinator of the Eco-School programme Gregor Cerar.