“I think I’m a little bit in love with everyone” declared Bernadette from Care after Prison, a charity that offers ex-prisoners a safe environment and support to continue with their goal of leading free lives, during the first (and hopefully annual) Charity Hack.
Charity Hack, the brainchild of Kevin Delaney from the Irish Cancer Society, brought together five charities and around 25 hackers (people with fundraising, communications, charity and other experiences) to develop new campaigns. Charity Hack 2013 was held last week for 12 hours on a beautiful Saturday, though none of us regretted being inside. It was an incredible and invigorating experience!
My original plan was to create a campaign around reducing plate waste in the food service industry and developing a ‘clean your plate’ initiative. Through this campaign I had hoped to encourage restaurants to offer ½ portions, substitution options and doggy bags to take uneaten food home. This plan was thrown out of the water and a new campaign was developed.
After much naval gazing and analysis of what VOICE excelled at and where we needed work, it was determined that we should build on our hugely successful Feeding the 5,000 event that was held last November. What was our new campaign to be?
We worked on a plan to empower local communities to take action to reduce their food waste and to become more aware of this issue through organising mini-Feeding the 5,000 events throughout the country. ‘Funky feasts’, ‘the recycled dinner club’ or ‘food rescue’ events (let us know what name you like best or add a new one!) will feature meals prepared with ‘ugly produce’ or food that would have been discarded by supermarkets or farmers. VOICE will develop an event planning pack for communities and help in the initial organisation.
Local champions will be identified to take on this challenge which will not only bring the community together, but will educate and raise the consciousness on the issue of food waste. This will be a fun event which will be different for each locality according to the organisers. There could be cooking demonstrations, kids activities, educational talks, menu sharing and leftover food recipe competitions. Donations for the meals will be sought to help finance this initiative.
This is just a concept for now, but with some continued help from my team and some hard graft, we should be able to create something special. Watch this space and let us know what you think.
Would your community be interested in taking part?