Students cook up a storm to highlight food waste issue

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Volunteers from across Sheffield are making a meal for more than 1,000 people as they prepare to serve up the Big Stew.

The November 5 event will see student volunteers preparing the massive meal entirely from surplus food - ingredients which are still perfectly edible and in date but which would otherwise have gone to waste.

The event will highlight the issues of food waste and food poverty and inspire students in Sheffield to take further action.

The sourcing, cooking and serving of food is being co-ordinated by Sheffield On A Plate, a collaboration involving the city’s two universities, Sheffield City College, FareShare Yorkshire and Grow Sheffield.

The huge stew is being prepared in the college and university kitchens, with volunteers from all three sites playing a part, and will be served free at lunchtime on November 5 at Sheffield City College and The University of Sheffield and then in the early evening at Sheffield Hallam University.

The ingredients for more than 1,000 portions of stew are being sourced by FareShare Yorkshire.

Jack Wyse, Development Officer at the University of Sheffield Students’ Union said: “The Big Stew highlights how students can get involved with local projects.”

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