Fighting food waste in Nicaragua by ‘eating united’
Press release issued: 14 February 2014
Katie Alesbury has been tackling food poverty thousands of miles away on the streets of Nicaragua using inspiration gained from Bristol initiatives.
The former University of Bristol student’s community project, ‘Eat United Nicaragua’, combats food poverty and malnutrition among the most vulnerable people in Managua, Nicaragua, by collecting and cooking food that would otherwise go to waste.
Whilst volunteering in Nicaragua Katie was struck by the amount of edible food that was being thrown away by local food stores in the community of Ticuantepe. Many people in the same village were underfed and undernourished. The contradiction of seeing food poverty and food waste within the same community inspired her to start up the project in March 2013.
Since then her project has grown and now involves a team of volunteers who collect food from local markets and bakeries. This food is then used to provide free and nutritious meals for children and people in need.
To ensure a sustainable change the project involves local people and also provides educational workshops on food, waste and nutrition.
‘Eat United Nicaragua’ collaborates with the biggest wholesale market in Managua, reducing their waste and feeding over 130 children per week. ‘Eat United’ has served over 1,000 plates of food to local street children and to others in need.
Katie said: “The response so far has been excellent. The most pleasing thing for me is that the rest of the volunteers are all Nicaraguan locals. It’s crucial that the people living in the community help their own in order for ‘Eat United Nicaragua’ to be a sustainable project.”
One of Katie’s major achievements for the project has been a live interview on Nicaraguan television. There are many more exciting events to come, including a documentary and a food festival in the summer to raise awareness of Katie’s mantra: “food poverty and food waste should never coexist”.
To follow the project’s progress, please see the ‘Eat United Nicaragua’ Facebook page.
You can also watch their television interview (Spanish with subtitles).