Of all the days I wish I could be in London, it is this: Wednesday 16th December, where volunteers will be gathering at Trafalgar Square to prepare and serve good food that would otherwise have been thrown away.
Organised by Tristram Stuart, author and food waste campaigner, the event is to highlight the ease of cutting the enormous levels of food waste in the UK and around the world and promote the work of the partner organisations, Save the Children; ActionAid; This is Rubbish; and FareShare. Supporters of the event include the Mayor of London; the Bishop of London; journalist and campaigner Rosie Boycott; and celebrity chef Thomasina Miers.
All the food handed out on the day to passers-by will be made from fresh and nutritious ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted at some point in the distribution chain. The menu will include hot soups made from vegetables cast out because they are not cosmetically perfect, a range of sandwiches and freshly-made fruit smoothies, pressed on the day by customised bicycles.
So if you're going to be in London on Wednesday, please do try and get along to the event, which is between 12-2pm and tell your friends. After all, there is such a thing as a free lunch and let's hope there will be more. It just goes to show that it's far better to use the produce than to waste it.
More information about Feeding the 5000, can be found at www.feeding5k.org.