Less waste and more cheer this Christmas

As the festive season approaches we can look forward to a welcome period of celebration, family and friends.

Yet although Christmas is a time for happiness and cheer, it can also mean a time for overindulgence, excess and wastage.

According to past research by Unilever, every Christmas we waste £64 million on uneaten food. Each household will spend an average of £112 hosting a meal alone, an amount that would usually feed an average family for four days.

A staggering 4.2 million Christmas dinners were wasted across the United Kingdom in 2014, a figure equivalent to 263,000 turkeys; 7.5 million mince pies; 740,000 slices of Christmas pudding; 17.2 million Brussels sprouts; 11.9 million carrots and 11.3 million roast potatoes.

So should we think more carefully about ways to reduce food wastage in our own homes during the festive period while considering how to help those who maybe struggling this Christmas?

One charity in Truro helping those in need is Cornwall Christmas Box. The organisation provided 540 families living in poverty in Cornwall with a Christmas dinner last year, and is looking for people to donate to this year’s campaign.

The charity invites the public to fill a box with enough food for a Christmas dinner including extra little treats like mince pies and Christmas pudding. The boxes are then delivered to local drop-off points before being distributed by Cornwall Council’s teams throughout the region.

A typical box costs around £30 to £40, yet the charity encourage people to share the cost by getting together with friends or family. If you would like to make Christmas a special time for others, you can find out more at cornwallchristmasbox.co.uk.

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