Nutrition student Joanna Freeman writes about her experiences volunteering for Good Food Oxford.
While volunteering with the charity Good Food Oxford, I have been helping to design ways of reducing food waste amongst the population of Oxford. We have used the ‘switch up your lunch‘ campaign to increase the consumption of vegetables and help to bEAT climate change by creating vegan and vegetarian lunch ideas.
Good Food Oxford uses their Good Food Toolkit as a guide to cook creatively without the use of recipes. This encourages the use of foods already available in the home, therefore reducing waste. The other volunteers and I were set the task to adapt this toolkit to make it even more appealing to the public.
As well as this, I have so far created three cooking videos designed to be used for their social media. One of these videos was designed for The Oxfordshire Pumpkin Festival. Many pumpkins are not consumed and wasted during this time so the Festival is designed to reduce the waste of pumpkins.
During my time volunteering, I have also attended a Food Poverty training session, where I learnt how Oxfordshire networks are using their connections to help reduce food poverty in the county.
I have relished the opportunity to work with Good Food Oxford and look forward to creating more videos and generating ideas with them.