Foodsharing Society supported by Climate Challenge Fund

Strathclyde Students’ Union have secured a share of funding made available through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).

Strath Union’s Foodsharing Society has been awarded a CCF grant totalling £80,000.

The CCF is a Scottish Government grant programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to help tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.

The funding will be used towards expanding the Foodsharing space, and will be run by with greater provision in the union and collaboration with City of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, and community centres in promoting foodsharing within Scotland.

The funding will offer free support to students and residents in the Glasgow area by hosting food waste reduction workshops, cooking courses and dinners. The project will also help people get an understanding of food waste in Scotland, as well as supplying information on changing their mind-set about food waste and climate change.

Sara Cowan, Vice President Volunteering & Development, said: “Having learned about Foodsharing at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, I wanted to start this in my University as well, so I started Foodsharing as a society at Strathclyde 2 years ago. It is now so exciting to see this taking hold as a bigger project which will grow to involve neighbouring universities in Glasgow, universities across the UK and hopefully the rest of the world!

“Hosting climate conversations around food waste is a really natural link and I trust that film screenings, discussion and workshops will have a huge impact on people’s habits as well as the increasing activism we are seeing around climate change! Student activism is so powerful and I am really glad we have got the funding to run this project to educate and enable people to become advocates for the planet”

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and provides tailored support to grant recipients.

Alisdair Brown, Development Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“We congratulate Strathclyde Students’ Union for securing funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and encourage the local community to take full advantage of support available through the expanded Foodsharing project.

“We look forward to supporting Strathclyde Students’ Union as they implement their project and empowering many more communities to take action on climate change. The potential for this project is significant and we hope all the enthusiasm shown so far continues to make this a great project to take action on climate change. We see supporting this project as part of our work to make Scotland clean, green and sustainable.”

The CCF has awarded over 1,100 grants since its introduction in 2008, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency. Total CCF funding since 2008 has exceeded £104 million.

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