Wasted surplus becomes food for thought for 10,000 school children

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The Real Junk Food Project Doncaster recently created a breakfast party from surplus or wasted food that was enjoyed by primary school children in the borough.

Pupils from years five and six at Kingfisher Primary School learned about wasteful and environmentally damaging food production systems whilst enjoying their food.

The event was a part of a campaign ‘Fuel for school’ led by ‘The Real Junk Food Project’ to use tonnes of surplus food from sausages to cereal in schools.

Thirty five schools across Leeds, Bradford, Doncaster and Sunderland took part and created breakfast banquets for children who may not otherwise have had anything to eat.

Research two years ago indicated one in seven children had to miss breakfast, with others estimating 48 per cent and as many as two thirds of us skipping breakfast for a whole variety of reasons.

Pupil Kieran said: “The food was amazing.”

Deputy headteacher Ms Philbin said: “It was very easy to organise, the children did it.”

It’s hoped Fuel for School will encourage other schools to work with The Real Junk Food Project to create a sustainable way of feeding their communities, reduce wasted food and even create income for school using the ‘Pay As You Feel’ model.