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Scheme to tackle food waste makes ‘big difference’ to Barwell mum

Residents urged to take part in community project

oanne McGlynn, from Barwell, took part in a community kitchens project
Joanne McGlynn has managed to save money by taking part in a county council food waste project

A mother-of-three is hoping to continue the fight to tackle food waste in her community after taking part in a food waste prevention scheme.

Joanne McGlynn, from Barwell, took part in a community kitchens project, which she admitted made a ‘big difference’ in her life.

We delivered the project, in partnership with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Sainsbury’s, after receiving £20,000 from Sainsbury’s as part of the supermarket giant’s Waste less, Save more initiative.

We used the funds to support the community by opening kitchens in Earl Shilton, Barwell and Wykin, and organised a 10-week course at each of them, with the aim of getting people thinking about what food they throw away at home.

Joanne said she jumped at the chance to take part. She said: “I was asked to take part in the course and I thought it sounded great. Not only for me, but my three teenage kids."

The courses, which began in September 2017,  were designed for participants to eat and socialise together, while learning and sharing tips on how to reduce food waste and save money.

Joanne said: “Despite composting, I quickly realised that there were things that I wasn’t doing. I wasn’t as brilliant as I thought I was and I wasted more food than I thought.”

However, through the help of tutor and by sharing tips with others attending the weekly classes, Joanne soon began to make changes around her home.

She said: “I have learnt to check in my fridge, what else can be composted and that I can freeze leftovers instead of scraping them in the bin.

“I have saved more than £30 in total so far from taking part in the course, which was great in the lead up to Christmas. My children have also learnt how to make food last longer.”

Joanne and other locals who have completed the training course are keen to pass on their learning to new people after volunteering to keep the community kitchens running. 

We are now encouraging other people to attend free courses to learn how to make the most of their food.

Joanne said: “It is great watching people grow and seeing what a difference the course has made to them.

“I really enjoyed the course and it will be nice to pass on what I have learnt to others. It is not just about saving money, it is also a lifestyle change.”


“I’m delighted that the scheme has made a difference to Joanne. 

“The county council has a keen interest in reducing food waste. Hopefully these kitchens will encourage more people to learn how to make the most of their food.


Anyone interested in volunteering or taking part can email or ring 01455 255942.

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