Waste Week - West Walton Schoolchildren get new 'Vege Pals'

Published: 3 Mar 2015

As part of national Waste Week, on 6th March children at West Walton School will be following Miranda Hart in making their own Vege Pals to show that even misshapen fruit and veg can be made interesting. 
As well as making the Vege Pals, the children will each be given a Fresh Pod to take home for their parents to put in their fridge salad drawer to keep their Vege Pal fresh for up to four times longer than normal. 
Vege Pals is a joint initiative between West Walton School and the waste and recycling team at the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk where Councillor Brian Long is both portfolio holder, and local Councillor for the school. 
Councillor Long said: 
"At present, In the UK, over 10% of the food and drink we buy in our weekly shop ends up in the bin when it could have been eaten. Two out of five pieces of fruit or veg don't even make it into the shops as they're deemed too 'ugly' to sell by supermarkets. That's a lot of unnecessary food waste that we have to deal with. 
"I think it's great that the school is participating in this event. It's a fun way to get over a serious message - that we can all save money and create less waste if we worry less about how our vegetables look, and more about how they taste. It also clearly shows how we can all buy, store and use our fruit and vegetables more wisely." 
West Walton School is part of the Windmill Primary Federation, consisting of West Walton, Terrington St. John, Walpole Highway, and Tilney St. Lawrence Primary Schools. Executive Headteacher across the partnership, Ms J Davis, said: 
"We like to encourage our pupils to be aware of the world around them, and to know that they can play an active part in shaping that world. Making Vege Pals, and taking home a Fresh Pod to keep fruit and veg fresh for longer, is a really practical way of showing their mums and dads that we can all do something to reduce food waste."  
Fresh Pod is a local Norwich company, and local Norfolk people have been quick to pick up on the difference it can make in preventing fruit and veg from deteriorating too quickly. As part of the Council's drive to reduce food waste, Food Pods will soon be available to buy from the same distribution centres as the bags for the Borough's food waste caddies.  
The Director of Fresh Pod, Valerie Watson-Brown, said: 
"We're delighted to play our part in showing local children, and their mums and dads that we all need to be more aware of wasting food. We hope that by making the Fresh Pod available across the Borough of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, we can ensure that everyone will have the opportunity to prevent food waste and save money." 
Vege Pals is part of Waste Week driven by EDF Energy on their Pod website (http://jointhepod.org/home) , which contains lots of interesting educational resources and information for schools and community groups.

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