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Save The Food Poetry Winners Announced By Too Good To Go

Save The Food Poetry Winners Announced By Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go, the world’s largest food waste fighting app, has today announced the winner of its children’s ‘Save The Food’ poetry competition. The competition, which was launched in February, provided a way for primary school aged children to engage with the topic of food waste during lockdown. 

 Ryland Coke who is in year 5 at Stanford Junior School in Brighton was selected as the winner for his ‘Don’t Be A Waster’ Poem. 

Stop! Before you throw that food away, 
could you eat it another day?
Lots of leftovers are safe to freeze, 
like cookies, fruit and even cheese

It’s really not a great big deal 
to serve less food at every meal
Why don’t you use smaller plates 
when eating curry with your mates?

Shop for only the food you need
A dozen donuts? That’s just GREED!
And if you do have food to spare
Use an app that helps you share

So don’t be a waster – use your brain
Unwanted food causes the planet pain!

Ryland’s poem was chosen as the winner from over 1,000 entries by an expert judging panel that included: Ben Elliot (Government Food Waste and Surplus Champion), Melissa Hemsley (Chef, author and sustainability champion), Jamie Crummie (Co-Founder of Too Good To Go), Rebecca Smithers (The Guardian’s Consumer Affairs correspondent), Chris Newman (children’s author and illustrator), and Matthew Shribman (scientist and environmentalist).

Positive Poetry From The Nation’s Youth

On judging the competition entries, Melissa Hemlsey commented:

“I am blown away by the talent, wit and thoughtfulness of the poems. The standard was exceptionally high and it’s been an honour and very very difficult to choose a winner. I am reassured that our planet is in safer hands now that I’ve read such passion from the next generation of super on it Waste Warriors spreading the message!”

For writing the winning poem, Ryland will win £100 in book vouchers for personal use, as well as a food waste fighting pack containing sustainable items that will help to fight food waste from home. Ryland’s school – Stanford Junior School in Brighton – will also receive a £200 book voucher for the school library. 

Jamie Crummie, co-founder of Too Good To Go UK, said: 

“The response we have had to our under 12’s poetry competition has been phenomenal. When we launched in February, little did we know how much families would need an activity to do at home together. It’s been great to see over 1,000 children get engaged on the topic of fighting food waste and I have had great fun reading all of the entries! UK households are throwing away £700 worth of food each year so we’re hoping that the next generation can help to drive real behaviour change – encouraging their families to take steps to reduce food waste every day.” 

Cara Woods from Amagh and Henry Hoskins from Tavistock were named runners up, with their poems “The Wonky Carrot” and “The Ugly Spud Ball”. They will each receive £50 in book vouchers. 

The top 10 shortlisted poems have been compiled into a downloadable PDF which can be downloaded from the Too Good To Go website at https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/en-gb/blog/poetry-comp-winner

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