Love Food Hate Waste

Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness about the impact of food waste in NSW and reduce how much 'good' food we waste. Love Food Hate Waste is managed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) partnering with corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations committed to reducing food waste in NSW. Camden Council is a registered partner to the Love Food Hate Waste Program.

For more information about Council’s Love Food Hate Waste Projects, follow the links to:

Cook It! Macarthur

Campbelltown and Camden Councils were successful in their application for $27,400 through the Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) Grants Program to facilitate the Cook It! Macarthur Project.

Cook It! Macarthur aimed to raise community awareness and provide householders – particularly families with children – with knowledge and skills to help reduce food waste through the full life cycle of a meal, including:

  • planning meals
  • writing and shopping to a list
  • checking what is in the fridge, freezer or garden
  • checking use-by and best-before dates
  • measuring serving sizes
  • storing food correctly
  • using leftovers

Fifthteen Cook It! Macarthur Clinics were held across the Camden and Campbelltown Local Government Areas attended by over 250 participants. Cook It! Macarthur stalls also featured at 9 community events including Picnic in the Park, Kids Fun Day, TASTE Food and Wine Festival, and Camden Show drawing crowds of over 50,000 people. Over 510 interested visitors to the Cook It! Macarthur stall contributed feedback regarding their own food waste behaviours.

Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) Grants Program – Round 3 is administered by the NSW Environmental Trust and NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and is funded through the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More Program.

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Project Lunchbox

Project Lunchbox was an awareness raising and education project aimed at addressing food waste and its impact on the environment targeting local families with children and young people aged 18-24 years. 

The following resources were developed through Project Lunchbox:

  • 'What's for Dinner?'  Children’s Book was created for families with young children and includes tips on reducing food waste. 
  • Seasonal Fruit & Vegetable Pocket Guide – This guide assists consumers in buying fruit and vegetables that are in season – they're often fresher, tastier and less expensive!

Project Lunchbox was funded through the NSW Government’s Love Food Hate Waste Program.