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Pitching at the V&A: Step Up to the Plate

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Earlier this month the children were invited to a very VIP event at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The event called ‘Step Up To The Plate’ was organised by the V&A, WRAP and the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs, as their event press release describes:

Slashing food waste: Major players urged to ‘Step up to the Plate’

The government calls on nearly 300 organisations and individuals to pledge to significantly cut food waste ahead of a major gathering of key players.

It was a day of talks and exciting events with some really exciting food businesses to inspire collaboration and action against food waste, with Ben Elliot leading the way in his new role as the government’s Food Surplus and Waste Champion.

The event was in the midst of SATS week so we took along our younger Bubble & Squeakers to pitch at the event, alongside Elly on stage and Lydia in the audience (confidently pressing the slides).

The children did themselves proud and it was great to reflect on how far we have come. It was an adrenaline inducing journey with us jumping on the tube at East Acton just after school and onto the stage at V&A in South Kensington at exactly 4 PM!

The feedback we had was great and its brilliant our children had a chance to get their voices heard amongst the big players (and why shouldn’t they?!).

We then got our own private view of the new exhibition of FOOD: Bigger than the plate. The exhibition was brilliant and great to see our friends at OpenCell Shepherds Bush involvement in it.

Thank you so much to the team at DEFRA for the invitation, what an opportunity for our food waste warriors! April 26, 2019

Bubble & Squeak launch a 12-week STEM pilot project for children and need your help!

The next generation of STEM superstars on Wormwood Scrubs!

The next generation of STEM superstars on Wormwood Scrubs!

Bubble & Squeak, the ground-breaking kids run social enterprise tackling food waste, are launching an exciting 12-week Science Technology Engineering and Maths pilot project for children aged 5-12 years in East Acton. Funded by Imperial College London Community Seeds Fund.

We are looking for STEM volunteers to co-host these sessions, with the support of the After School Tutor in May / June / July 2019 on a Tuesday from 4.00 – 5.30 PM.

At the heart, we want to ignite local children’s passion for STEM subjects to give them the confidence to engage with opportunities on their doorstep and further afield throughout their educational journey.

With East Acton being in the top 10% of deprivation and time-poor teachers unable to implement science, technology, engineering subjects into their primary school curriculum the urgency is now to launch this project on a local level.

We are looking to work with industry professionals in their chosen fields to drop into a class – working with our experienced After School Club tutor to help facilitate.

If you would like to get involved please get in touch asap with us at bubblesqueakeat@gmail.comMarch 26, 2019

Hungry Lions Club Update

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At the end of February the amazing teaching assistants at Old Oak Primary School launched their pilot project Hungry Lions Club. Their mission is to feed hungry year six children breakfast in school before class starts. The club also engages the children to get to school on time, builds cohesiveness and improves class outcomes enabling all children to learn from the get go.

Bubble & Squeak are now supporting the project by providing surplus food and purchasing equipment for the club such as toasters and kettles using donations from our surplus food stall (yay circular economy!).

On average the team serve 30 slices of toast a day and last week dished out 96 breakfasts! The pilot is running up until the end of May and we will keep you updated on its outcomes. March 7, 2019

From Stall to Stove: Sourdough Bruschetta Recipe

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Our parent volunteer Ozen shares her recipe for her simple and fast Sourdough Bruschetta recipe

Ingredients:

Sourdough bread 

Spring onions 

Avocado

Tomato 

Olive oil

Garlic

Lemon juice 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Recipe:

  1. Thinly slice sourdough bread. Then griddle in a little olive oil. 
  2. Scrape a whole garlic glove over the bread to infuse with garlic.
  3. Finely Chop the spring onions, tomatoes and avocado into bite size pieces 
  4. Mix in a teaspoon of olive oil , squeeze of a fresh lemon and salt and pepper to taste 
  5. Serve the topping mixture on the warm sourdough bread and serve as a starter or mealtime snack.

March 3, 2019

Kitchen Social: Children’s Centre Half Term Success

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This February half the term we had another #teamworkisthedreamwork surplus food win with Old Oak Community Centre running their second successful Kitchen Social cooking club. With 25 families in attendance – using donated surplus food and support from Bubble & Squeak.

The cooking session is generously supported by the Mayor For London Kitchen Social scheme. Their funding has enabled the Children’s Centre to buy valuable resources such as bowls, plates, cups, cutlery, serving spoons and baby beakers. Helping to kick started the project.

During the session children made tasty pitta pizzas. Children did lots of cutting and tasting, choosing what they wanted to put on their flat bread pizzas and all sat at a table to enjoy the meal.

They also took part in a crafty foodie activity cutting out fruit and vegetable pictures to put on their paper plates – talking about they likes and dislikes. All linked to the early years foundation stage framework.

The session got great feedback from parents, with one saying it is “helping my child to eat better and to sit socially with others” and we should “do more of them!”.

We also want to open this project up as a space for corporate volunteering to get involved with – so watch this space!

As always with thanks to our surplus food partners City Harvest and the Felix Project for making this happen.

The Children’s Centre next Kitchen Social will be taking place in Easter half term and open to all Hammersmith & Fulham parents / carers and their children under 7 years. Visit Old Oak Centre website for more info. February 27, 2019

Teaching Assistants Launch Hungry Lions Club

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On Monday our wonderful TA’s at Old Oak Primary School Fleur, Paula and Bethany launched Hungry Lions – Snack Attack! This initiative gives Year 6 an opportunity to have a healthy breakfast every day before the start of lessons.   

There are 54 year 6 children being fed Monday – Friday spread over two classes.   

Fleur, a teaching assistant for 15 years and born and bred in East Acton explains “We noticed a need as some children were going into class hungry and wouldn’t settle.  Some were complaining they felt unwell and couldn’t concentrate”. 

The club launching right now is crucial as the children will sit there SATS in May and are at an important stage of finishing their Primary School education to the best of their abilities.

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An important aspect of the club involves both classes sitting together and sharing a meal.  Encouraging class cohesiveness, learning good habits from each other and inclusivity are key life skills. The children sit down to place settings,  table cloths and cutlery with an animal theme. 

Equipment for the club (such as the toasters) were purchased using donations taken from the Bubble & Squeak stall. 

The surplus food is being donated from Bubble & Squeak’s food partners City Harvest and Felix Project.    

It’s safe to say the club is a ‘ROARING SUCCESS’, with children getting the brains ready to start the day. 

The club is a 3 month pilot from now until May 2019. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

Please help us continue this club and consider donating to our pilot via our website link or donations can be dropped off to reception at Old Oak Primary School. 

£30 funds a club for 60 children per day.  CLICK HERE TO DONATE

We are also looking for breakfast food donations such as cereals, porridge, honey, jam etc which can be dropped off to Old Oak Primary School directly.  

THANK YOU! February 4, 2019

From Stall to Stove: Simple and Fast Veggie Patties Recipe

Our parent volunteer Ozen shares her recipe for her simple and fast yummy veggie patties using surplus veg from our ‘pay as you feel’ surplus food stall.

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Recipe:

1. Firstly peel  wash and grate the onion carrot and potato.

2. Chop all other ingredients and mix in a bowl

3. Whisk your eggs I used 2 medium till it forms soft peaks, add to the ingredients 

4. 50g of plain flour with half teaspoon of baking powder sieve this into your mix 

5. Blend all the ingredients together 

6. Place your frying pan on a low medium heat adding 2 table spoon of olive oil

7. Lightly fry patties for a maximum of 5-6 minutes until they are lightly browned and golden. 

8. Serve immediately with dip of your choice and perhaps with a crusty roll or brioche bun from our stall

Surplus food fact: Did you know that over 50% of bread gets wasted?! That is quite astonishing. We waste almost 900,000 tonnes of bread every year – around 24 million slices every day. In terms of calories, that’s enough to lift over 26 million people out of hunger*.

*source: Toast Ale January 23, 2019

From Stall to Stove: A Winter Warming Soup Recipe

Our parent volunteer Ozen shares her recipe for a delicious winter warming soup using surplus veg from this weeks ‘pay as you feel’ food stall.

Recipe:    1) Peel and chop the vegetables. This week I used potato, carrots, onions and leeks from the surplus food stall.    2) Sauté the vegetables in a large pan with a little olive oil for around 5 minutes, add vegetable seasoning for flavour.    3) Add enough boiling water so the vegetables are covered. Put on a lid and simmer on a low heat for around 10-15 minutes.    4) Serve in a soup bowl with an optional squeeze of lemon to enhance the flavours. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy on its own or with some crusty bread.

Recipe:

1) Peel and chop the vegetables. This week I used potato, carrots, onions and leeks from the surplus food stall.

2) Sauté the vegetables in a large pan with a little olive oil for around 5 minutes, add vegetable seasoning for flavour.

3) Add enough boiling water so the vegetables are covered. Put on a lid and simmer on a low heat for around 10-15 minutes.

4) Serve in a soup bowl with an optional squeeze of lemon to enhance the flavours. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy on its own or with some crusty bread.


December 20, 2018

Joining up with Stay & Learn at Old Oak Centre

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Holiday Club children packing the boxes for the Children’s Centre cooking session over the summer holidays

Families chopping away at surplus fruit and vegetables during Stay & Learn

Families chopping away at surplus fruit and vegetables during Stay & Learn

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Enjoying pumpkin soup during October half term Stay & Learn session

Enjoying pumpkin soup during October half term Stay & Learn session

Since February 2017 Bubble & Squeak have been successfully running their surplus food stall for their parents in Old Oak Primary School every week during term time. Providing fresh healthy surplus food to children and their families via their food stall.

Continuing to use the power of surplus food, enterprise and the wonderful creativity of our Bubble & Squeak children we have tried their hand at numerous things, including running pop-ups, exhibiting at Design Week, hosting intergenerational bingo for their grandparents and successfully running their own crowdfunding campaign for a shipping container to store more surplus food. All done using the space of a free local After School Club as a hub to plan and create.  

Behind the creative surface, we are building other ways to engage our local community using surplus food that would have gone to waste using close partnership work with well established organisations.

Since the summer of 2018 we have been supplying Old Oak Community Centre with a box of surplus food to feed their Stay & Learn 0-7 years cooking session over the summer holiday.  With the holiday club children at Old Oak Centre packing the boxes using donated surplus food from City Harvest and The Felix Project arriving on a Monday morning. 

The holiday cooking clubs in Stay & Learn were such a success Bubble & Squeak then signed them up for Mayor For London’s ‘Kitchen Social’ scheme to tackle holiday hunger.  On top of this Stay & Learn have also now incorporated surplus food into their Snack Time during term time. With staff collecting a box of bread, fruit and vegetables for families to enjoy each week on a Monday morning.

Chantel Gordan, Early years co-ordinator for Old Oak Children’s Centres says “the weekly outcomes for our children is brilliant, as not only are they eating healthy food, they are learning the building blocks for eating well, sitting up at a table and using cutlery in a social setting”.

Parents agree with one saying “it is a great opportunity for children to have a meal together, to see how fruit or vegetables are cut.  It encourages children to try new foods and I hope this scheme continues”. 

With thanks to our brilliant surplus food partners The Felix Project and City Harvest (who collect and distribute the surplus food) that make this work possible. We look forward to working with Mayor For London’s Kitchen Social too. December 18, 2018

Bubble & Squeak meets …. Day Old Eats

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A few weeks ago we invited Jo from @dayoldeats to talk to our Bubble & Squeak children about her amazing social enterprise rescuing surplus bread and pastries for her subscription box scheme.

She said the children were ‘incredibly knowledgeable about food waste & sustainability and their socent is making waves – I regained my hope for the future”. The children LOVED speaking to Jo and were so inspired themselves they want to run their own surplus pastries stall in the new year to raise funds for her upcoming crowdfunding campaign.

A big thank you to Jo for taking the time to speak to us. Watch this space for more ‘Bubble & Squeak meets …’ guests in 2019. Exciting! December 6, 2018

OpenCell London Design Festival: Exploring Science with Bubble & Squeak

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Back in October, we were invited by OpenCell to exhibit our Bubble & Squeak project as part of their BioDesign: HereNow London Design Festival.

OpenCell is a really innovative biology meet design meet technology space in Shepherds Bush Market, built using shipping containers (the best type of containers for startup spaces we think!). They are home to lots of really brilliant start-up companies doing amazing things with biotech. Such as Chip(s) Board, the eco-friendly alternative to chipboard and MDF made using potato waste.

We had been down to the area a few times to visit our friends at Shepherds Bush / Market & Old Laundry Yard, as well as take part in the wonderful Studio Hache’s art workshops.

The biggest question for us when doing our pop up exhibition for OpenCell was ‘what is BioDesign?’ and secondly ‘how does Bubble & Squeak fit into it?’.

We like to see ourselves as innovators with our own startup kid’s run surplus food social enterprise. So we decided to exhibit our Bubble & Squeak story so far in our pop up container space for the week. It was amazing to pull all our work together and showcase the children’s amazing achievements since we started in February 2017.

Secondly, we wanted to use this opportunity to use the language of food to engage our children with bio-design and all things science. So we reached out and pulled together two science workshops, which (to put it mildly) went down an absolute storm with the children.

Science Workshop One: Gene Biscuits with Hasmita Chavda

Hasmita Chavda is a Business Councillor working for Business Launchpad and using her science background hosts science workshops on the side. We invited her to our After School Club in Old Oak to run a Gene Biscuits workshop. The children ‘spliced genes’ cream from biscuits and placed into another to create a new biscuit with a different flavour or characteristics. We learnt about what is DNA, how to splice a gene and recreated our own ‘lab’ conditions using trail and error methodology. The children by recreating this process also learnt sometimes things go wrong, you get better at splicing biscuits the more you practise it and we really like the flavour combos of a Jammie Dodger mixed with custard creams (amongst other biscuit combos.)

Science Workshop Two: Family Day with Mikkaila Mckeever-Willis

Mikkalia is an ex-chef turned teacher turned Chemistry PhD student at Imperial College. On the Family Day at OpenCell, we came down with the Bubble & Squeakers to get involved with her natural household product cleaning workshop using fruit and vegetables and a secret message writing challenge.

Also on the day the children got creative with plastic with @studio.hache and did our very own treasure hunt with @ashleyscarborough.

Thank you so much to OpenCell for the opportunity and to our scientists to bringing so much fun and learning for the children. We had a lot of fun doing this and would love more opportunities to bring the world of science + food together at Bubble & Squeak.November 19, 2018

Come to our next Brilliant Big Feast on Sunday 2 December run by the amazing FoodCycle East Acton with special help from our Bubble & Squeak mini volunteers.  We had a great time at our last one with lots of local families coming to enjoy a delicious 3 free course meal using surplus food. This one will have a festive theme and family friendly activities. 

Remember Food Cycle East Acton also run their free community meal open to all every week at the Centre too. 

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November 18, 2018

5 Star Review For Bubble & Squeak

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This week we we were delighted to get a 5 star food hygiene rating from Hammersmith & Fulham council, who came and inspected our shipping container. We take a lot of behind the scene care in the setting up and running of the stall and we are super proud to get this result. Its lovely to get recognition that at the heart of what we do, which is redistributing fresh and healthy surplus food to local families of Old Oak Primary School is done well and is established not only amongst our families but with the council as well. Also well done to FoodCycle East Acton for their 5 star result. As you may know, back in July we provided an innovative solution to the group by providing storage in our shipping container for their bits and pieces. They run a free 3 course community meal at Old Oak Community Centre every Sunday at 2pm using surplus food that would have gone to waste. November 8, 2018

Many hands make light work… the Bubble & Squeak banner

Early in 2018 we asked local artist Joseph King (@JKingTheArtist) to create our Bubble & Squeak banner to go up outside our shipping container. Running a series of workshops, the children designed their own food waste warrior messages drawn inside a hand to create a montage design. With thanks to @ArtsSocChiswick for funding this project!

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September 16, 2018

Bubble & Squeak Showcase @ BioDesign: HereNow London Design Festival

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Launching this Wednesday 19 September, Bubble & Squeak will be popping up at OpenCell: Biodesign Here Now at Old Laundry Yard inside Shepherds Bush Market for the week.

Invited by the innovative Open Cell, who are hosting a line of exhibitions, performance, workshops and talks by international artists and designers as part of London Design Festival 2018. Projects exhibited breaks the boundaries between biology, design and technology.

We are super excited to be part of such an amazing showcase of talent and to promote Bubble & Squeak further in the wider community, opening our networks and scope of possibilities into the world of Bio design!

Exhibitions open to the public: 19 – 23 September
Wed – Thurs 12 – 8.30 pm / Friday – Sunday 12 – 11pm
Family Day Sunday 23 Sept (Bubble & Squeak will be hosting a an exciting science workshop for kids – time to be announced soon!)

To get your free ticket visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/biodesign-here-now-tickets-49037336995August 17, 2018

Pitching Pros At The Lilla Huset Professional Centre

Before we broke up for summer, the Bubble & Squeak crew were invited down by Keith from The Lilla Huset Professional Centre to pitch their surplus food social enterprise to his team.  

This is not the first time the children have been involved with public speaking, having won funds at Mayor For London’s City Pitch 2017. 

Elly prepped the powerpoint slides, and the children rehearsed their lines all week with Lydia.  We then jumped on the school bus to go to Lilla Huset’s office in Hammersmith (thanks Bill for the lift!).  The children then confidently gave an impressive public speaking performance – pitching for support from Lilla Huset to help us grow.  

Many thanks to Keith for organising us to come down.  We look forward to developing further links with your organisation!

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July 3, 2018

BINGO TAKEOVER: Marks & Spencer Making Every Moment Special Campaign

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On Wednesday 20th June Bubble & Squeak had a rather special intergenerational bingo event take place at Old Oak Primary School.  

Using the connecting platform Neighbourly Bubble & Squeak partnered up with their nearest Marks and Spencer store in White City, who came to help out at our last intergenerational bingo event of the school year! 

Between 18th – 22nd June, staff from every M&S store in the UK had the opportunity to volunteer for a project that will create a lasting benefit to a local charity or community organisation. A huge range of events was planned, from revamping community centres to hosting tea parties for service users, to visual merchandising of charity shops. 

We were lucky to be chosen by the White City Team who sent down ten volunteers to help out at the event. Everyone was amazing at pitching in to help out at the event, doing a lot of carrying, cutting, cleaning, serving and all-around amazing teamwork! 

The concept followed the same set up as our last event with the children working together with an older person to win a bingo prize.  This time we had the generous prize donations from Marks & Spener team and anticipation was high! 

Thank you City Harvest for the amazing donation of surplus cakes.  We had some amazing feedback from the older people who came to the event, from the prizes to the staff to the refreshments.  A HUGE thank you again to Marks & Spencer White City store.  June 27, 2018

BIG NEWS: FOODCYCLE IS COMING TO EAST ACTON

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We are delighted to announce the amazing surplus food charity FoodCycle are coming to East Acton and Bubble & Squeak are helping them to do it. 

What is FoodCycle?

FoodCycle serves meals across the country to anybody in the local community by using surplus food cooked in spare kitchen space.  

The weekly sessions provide a space for the community to come together, serving nutritious meals and are led by a strong network of local volunteers.  Combating loneliness, food poverty and putting food that otherwise would have gone to waste to a better use.  

How are Bubble & Squeak helping? 

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Old Oak Community Centre are going to be their next London hub and first (woo!) West London outpost.  

Bubble & Squeak co-founder Elly has been working in close collaboration with Old Oak Centre, FoodCycle and Old Oak Primary School to set the session up.      

We are also supporting FoodCycle East Acton by providing an innovative storage solution in the form of our crowd-funded shipping container! 

The partnership is a great opportunity to pool resources between Old Oak Centre, Old Oak Primary School and FoodCycle. 

At Bubble & Squeak we love a collaborative approach to overcoming obstacles to make good things happen in our local community – powered (as always) by surplus food. 

How Can You Help?

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With their first session starting on the 15th July (with the meal kicking off at 2pm) there are 3 ways you can help: 

1) Please SPREAD THE WORD.  Why not show your support and pop in on a Sunday and extend the invite to someone you know locally who might like to come along? 

2) Give their social media a follow and help generate a buzz:  you can find East Acton’s FoodCycle social media accounts here: TWITTER / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM

3) Check out their volunteering page.  They are always on the look for new volunteers and sign up is really straightforward. 

Oh and did we mention this session is happening EVERY SINGLE WEEK!?  Even during the school holidays? We are very excited for this to happening and hope to see you there!

Bubble & Squeak June 8, 2018

Move To The Shipping Container

Well! What a busy couple of months at Bubble & Squeak HQ it has been with our move to our shipping container space at Old Oak Primary School.  

It has been brilliant to get settled in and have proper storage to run our Monday surplus food stall from.  As always the children still set up the stall and sell the surplus produce from their pop up food stalls.  

The container was funded out of our successful crowdfunding campaign we held last year and we were lucky enough to be put in touch with a local resident who had a second-hand container we could take for free! Fitting in perfectly with our environmental ethos it was great to put back into use the unit. 

Bill the site manager of the school was fundamental in managing the project.  Organising the removal from Acton to Old Oak Primary School, working out if it would fit into a very narrow space (with quite literally inches to spare), organising contractors to install the gates and hooking us up to the electrics.  THANK YOU BILL! 

For our banner to go on the shipping container, we worked with local artist and Old Oak friend Jo to run a series of workshops with children in Old Oak Primary.  Each child designed their own Bubble & Squeak hand, with their usual flare for creative phrasing.  

So far the move from the playground to the side of the school has gone well and we have noticed more parents coming round as the weeks go on.  We look forward to developing the space further and have some exciting news coming soon for a new partnership opportunity coming to Old Oak, making further good use of your crowdfunding pledges.  

The container from the side squeezed into its new home at Old Oak Primary School! 

The container from the side squeezed into its new home at Old Oak Primary School! 

The stall with lots of surplus fruit and vegetables for parents next to the shipping container 

The stall with lots of surplus fruit and vegetables for parents next to the shipping container 

Bubble & Squeak volunteer distributing surplus bread (collected by local parent from a bakery) 

Bubble & Squeak volunteer distributing surplus bread (collected by local parent from a bakery) 

Inside the shipping container 

Inside the shipping container 

Checking out the produce before the stall on a Monday afternoon 

Checking out the produce before the stall on a Monday afternoon 

The finished banner before going up on the side of the shipping containerJune 4, 2018

BINGO TAKE OVER Returns!

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We are very excited to have our next intergenerational bingo event lined up, taking place this Wednesday 20 June 2018.  

For this one we have teamed up with Marks & Spencer for their ‘Making Every Moment Special’ campaign.  For a week in June M&S will be donating volunteer time and skills to causes in each of their local communities.  We will have Marks & Spencer volunteers from the White City store who have generously signed up their time to help out on the day! 

Local grandparents and non grandparents alike local to Old Oak are warmly invited to come along and play bingo with the help of your grandchild or an Old Oak Primary School child.  To book your place please ring Lydia on 020 8743 7629 at Old Oak Primary School.  

With bingo prizes, surplus food refreshments (generously donated by our surplus food partners) and lots of Bubble & Squeak helpers hosting on the day we can’t wait! 

Cooking With Wild Child Kitchen

On the last day of the school holidays, Bubble & Squeak were delighted to host the amazing Wild Child Kitchen at Old Oak Centre’s Holiday Club! Wild Child Kitchen are London’s new healthful food service for children and mission is to inspire the next generation of little foodies with a menu of colourful dishes influenced by cuisines from around the world.

Natasha and Lu cooked with 24 little foodies cooked up delicious Apple & Plum Crumbles free from refined sugars (but just as delicious).  The children had a fantastic time and they loved making and eating their crumbles. 

Wild Child Kitchen reached out to us after our mention in February in Time Out.  They loved we are addressing food waste and encouraging entrepreneurship amongst the school community.  

Here at Bubble & Squeak, we think it is so fantastic such inspiring businesses want to take the time be part of what we are doing and believe in our mission of being the change we want to see in the world!  It is equally great that Bubble & Squeak can be a platform to connect our community with such great organisations and businesses.  

A Big Thank You To The Wild Child Kitchen Team! 

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April 3, 2018

Bubble & Squeak make Old Oak Primary School’s Ofsted Inspection

Bubble & Squeak were mentioned in Old Oak Primary School’s recent successful Ofsted inspection.  We think it’s wonderful to be recognised as contributing to the schools ‘good’ inspection outcome.  They said: 

“Pupils who have roles in the school’s ‘Bubble and Squeak’ food waste project are impressive and mature ambassadors for the school.  They are making a difference to their world through their actions”. 

You can read the full report here: Ofsted Inspection March 29, 2018

Bubble & Squeak BINGO TAKE OVER! A big success powered by surplus food

On Tuesday we hosted our Bubble & Squeak BINGO TAKE OVER at Old Oak Primary School. 

We had over 50 older and younger people get together from the local community for our intergenerational event. 

Grandparents and non-grandparents alike were partnered up with their younger helper. The aim of the game was to skill share and most importantly have fun! 

Hosted by our Bingo compere Fleur (dressed in suitably sparkly attire), the children in their own bingo fancy dress jumped into action when their corresponding number was called out, adding an extra level of excitement to the game. The ‘two fat ladies’ were a particular hit with the crowd. 

We had prizes too! With both children and adult prize tables of lovely goodies. 

In the interval, guests were entertained by the creative Dance West Final Performance inspired by the superhero movie Black Panther. 

The tables were decorated with beautiful flowers donated by the Felix Project. With food refreshments of cake, biscuits and tea donated by City Harvest and the Felix Project. 

Site Manager Bill went out of his way to pick up and drop off in the school minibus a group of local older people from John Betts Housing to come along. 

Guests on their way out picked up their shopping at our ‘pay as you feel’ surplus food stall manned by our food waste warrior volunteers. 

A big thank you to everybody who came along, to all the staff at Old Oak Primary for making the event such a success, to City Harvest and the Felix Project for such wonder donations of surplus goods, to Jean from Friendship club for her very kind Bingo machine loan and to Lydia for upping those Bingo standards. 

Lastly to the Bubble & Squeakers at Old Oak Primary School who did such a fantastic job. 

We look forward to the next one!

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March 21, 2018

Bubble & Squeak: Winners of Changemakers International Category’ of the 2018 #FoodWasteAwards

Bubble & Squeak are delighted to have won the ‘Changemakers International Category’ of the #FoodWasteAwards hosted yesterday evening over in Belgium! Thank you FoodWIN for the opportunity – the children will be ecstatic at school today.   Find out about the awards here: http://foodwasteawards.be

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March 5, 2018

VOTE FOR US IN THE 2018 FOOD WASTE AWARDS

Another month, another competition for Bubble & Squeak. 

This time we are successfully through to the finals of the 2018 #FoodWasteAwards hosted by Food Win.  Food Win are a Dutch based organisation who run the  ‘Food Waste Innovation Network’, reducing food waste through inspiring and supporting citizens, entrepreneurs, governments and food companies in their battle against food waste. 

It’s fantastic to be nominated in the ‘change makers international’ category and we would be ever so appreciative if you could spare a minute to vote for us by following this link.

The page will be in Dutch (naturally!) and to vote you have to select an organisation from each category.  Just make sure to click us when you get to the international change makers section, leave your email address, answer the security question and click submit.  Easy! 

Online voting begins Monday 5th of March and runs until Friday 16th of March.March 5, 2018

Time Out mentioned us in their article ’29 small ways to save the planet’!

Great to see Bubble & Squeak make Time Out’s ’29 small ways to save the planet’ article both online and in print.  February 14, 2018

We Made The Metro Online

Our surplus food heroes strike again, this time making the Metro Online. The children were interviewed during After School Club, where they were busy making cakes for a fund raiser.  The team chatted away to the journalist about their project and were quite the naturals in front of the camera.  Go Team! February 9, 2018

Winter Blog: Enterprise Christmas, Surplus Feast and new year beginnings

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Hello Food Waste Warriors 

Our mini #foodwastewarrior have been having a lot of fun and entrepreneurial food waste fighting activity this winter.  From creating their own wonky fruit and veg Christmas Cards to selling their wonky chutneys in Markets throughout London to hosting their own surplus dinner for the local community, they have been busy! 

ENTERPRISE CHRISTMAS 2017

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Popping up at Shepherds Bush Market with our artwork, cushion covers and Christmas cards featuring wonky fruit and veg

Popping up at Shepherds Bush Market with our artwork, cushion covers and Christmas cards featuring wonky fruit and veg

The Bubble & Squeakers at the Dutch Bank head offices in East London at their  #dbmadeforgood  market in December selling their Christmas Cards and Chutneys.  Please note the spotty Damien Hirst behind them!   

The Bubble & Squeakers at the Dutch Bank head offices in East London at their #dbmadeforgood market in December selling their Christmas Cards and Chutneys.  Please note the spotty Damien Hirst behind them!   

Bubble & Squeak at City Hall's Staff Christmas Carol Event 

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This December Bubble & Squeak popped up at Shepherds Bush Market, City Hall, Aviva Bank Christmas Fair and Deutche Bank Social Market with their wonky christmas cards, artwork and Christmas Chutneys!  

With thanks to Hatch Entprise for connecting us to the Deutch Bank ‘Made For Good’ Christmas market.  

We also sold our chutneys at local community events over the festive period and in the school playground.  It was a great experience to get out an about with our mini entreprenuers. Every one of them were fantastic at presenting their project and selling their wares with confidence. 

It also presented a great opportunity for the children to experience different environments outside of East Acton and speak to different people and organisations about what they do.  

SURPLUS DINNER

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After School Club hosted their annual Christmas Dinner in December cooking it this year with lots of delicious surplus food! 

The delicious 3 course dinner was eaten by Old Oak Primary School teachers, Old Oak Centre Staff parents as well as the older members of our community.  The children helped to prepare, serve and of course provide an excellent customer experience to all those attending.  

We also had on hand our Christmas Chutneys and Christmas Cards availble to buy.  The kale soup in particular was a big success.  A big thanks to Plan Z Heroes and City Harvest as always for providing the extra food for the event.   

GOOD GYM EALING HELPS OUT BUBBLE & SQUEAK

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In December we invited the good people at Good Gym Ealing to help us deliver publicity to local residents to promote the sales of our wonky fruit and veg Christmas cards. 

The volunteer ran organisation is a community of runners that combines getting fit with doing good.

The guys came to Old Oak Communtiy Centre in the evening and speedily posted our promotional publicity through local houses in the Old Oak area.  

We look forward to working with this amazing organisation again, it was great to have them down. 

You can read the full report here. 

FUNDRAISING

Many of you kindly took the time to vote for us in the AVIVA Community Fund 2017. 

Sadly we were unsuccessful in getting through to the next round as we did not have enough vote (we hit 2074 in total).  It was an interesting experience.  While we think any business providing opportunities for funding like this is a great thing to do, it was a very time-consuming process for us to get people to vote.  Sadly we simply did not have enough workforce or the time to reach out to everybody for us to be in with a chance.  

But THANK YOU if you did vote, we really appreciate it! Being such a small set up and with competition so high for grant funding in the current climate we are always on the lookout for unique ways to secure Bubble & Squeak’s future, and will continue to do so!  October 25, 2017

Welcome to our autumn roundup…

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Vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund and help us win £10,000!

Your vote could help us fund 12 ‘As Young As You Feel’ intergenerational monthly meetups in 2018.  Bringing together the younger and older people in our community in East Acton. 

The monthly events will be planned and hosted by children and catered for by us, using delicious surplus food that otherwise would have gone to waste!  

Head over to our project page to read the full proposal and watch our video (also above).     

We held our first event, a Grandparents’ Tea Party this October (more about that below) and it was a great success.   

Its super simple to place your votes too. All you have to do is head to the Aviva page, register and start voting.  

You have ten free votes to play with and the projects with the most votes go through to the final Judges round, who will then decide who to award the money to.   

You have until the  24 October to the 21 November to get your votes in.  

The Aviva Community Fund (having over 6,000 projects on it) apparently have been getting 20,000 hits a minute causing mega crashes for those trying to vote. 

So if you’ve tried with no luck please keep trying – we really appreciate it.

And remember please share our project page and get your friends, family and work colleagues to vote too! CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR US NOW!

GRANDPARENTS TEA PARTY

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On the 5th October, we held our very first intergenerational meet up! Hosted by the children, they invited their grandparents (and non-grandparents) to come along to a ‘surplus food’ tea party. The food was provided by us (thanks to our fantastic food partners City Harvest and Plan Z Heroes). We served tea, delicious cakes, pastries and cucumber sandwiches.  

The brilliant Maternity Champions from Old Oak Centre came and helped out at the event, as well as Old Oak Primary’s TA’s.  

It was our first event with over 70 older and younger people in attendance.  With your help, we hope to put on much more next year! You can help us turn food waste into food magic, please vote for our Aviva Community Fund project.  

Remember it is entirely FREE to vote! 

Bubble & Squeak at QPR

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On Friday 29 September if you happened to be in attendance at the QPR v. Fulham game you may have seen a few familiar Bubble & Squeak faces on the pitch!

The children were invited by QPR to receive certificates of achievement for their community contribution for Bubble & Squeak before the match.  

It’s great that QPR wanted to celebrate the children’s successes this way and as you can see by the photos what a fantastic experience it was for the children.  Thanks QPR! 

In the press …

This September the brilliant Wildlife Watch featured us in their magazine.  The publication (aimed at children) has an annual readership of 150,000.

Great to see our message spread so far and hopefully inspire #foodwastewarriors throughout the country. 

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Black Ballad Online

To celebrate World Food Day co-founder Lydia was featured in the online magazine Black Ballad, for their ‘Meet Three Black Women Tackling The Food Poverty Crisis In The UK‘.

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Crowdfunder Online

Some more Crowdfunder love! We are delighted to be listed in Crowdfunder Online’s article ‘Our community is tackling and improving sustainability throughout the UK’.  Nestled amongst some of the most prominent UK names in the surplus food game, its great to see our idea making an impact in the crowdfunding world.  

Crowdfunder also asked Elly to take part in a Q&A webinar about our experience with match funding.  You can watch the session on youtube. 

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#SurplusSquad Strikes Again!  

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Each week during term time we are diverting on average 40 kg of produce that otherwise would have gone to waste.  The children (assisted by Elly) are excellent now at setting up the tables, carrying the veg together and doing some lovely merchandising with the produce. We tried colour coding last week – very nice!  

Each week we also play a game of ‘guess the name of the fruit and vegetable’.  We go down the stall, pick up a piece of fruit or vegetable and have a go at naming it.  

We always come across new things we haven’t seen before or know what its called. 

Shipping Container Update

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If you are local to East Acton, you may have noticed that our shipping container has been delivered.  We were fortunate to obtain a local second-hand shipping container via a contact in Acton.  This embraces our philosophy of keeping it local and putting perfectly good things to use.  

We checked out the unit, it was structurally sound, and its dimensions fitted the space at the side of the school.  The fantastic Bill (site manager at Old Oak Primary School) organised the delivery over the summer (with inches to spare), organised the electrics and fitted new gates.  So the unit has access to the public and a fence that makes it separate from the school.  

Our final hurdle is to sort out flooring, shelving and to decorate it with a suitable Bubble & Squeak design!  We are keen to continue with our ‘waste not want not’ philosophy.  

So get in touch if you think you can help us! Maybe you have some shelving that’s no longer needed? Or have an idea what could make it look great?  We want this to serve a purpose of storing the surplus food but also be an inspiring place to be in! 

UNTIL NEXT TIME #FOODWASTEWARRIORS …

OH AND REMEMBER TO VOTE FOR US!

September 11, 2017

What does a Hackney pop up, a foraging tour and City Hall all have in common?

The answer is …. BUBBLE & SQUEAK! Naturally … 

From pitching at London City Hall to launching our wonky fruit/veg artwork.  Bubble & Squeak have had a busy summer.

Pitching to success at London City Hall

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In our last newsletter, we told you of our excitement at Old Oak Primary School being selected to take part in City Pitch.  Making it through from 72 school projects to the final six to be invited to City Hall.  Here they pitched their Bubble & Squeak surplus food idea to a dragons den style panel of industry experts!

City Pitch is a great Mayor of London initiative which empowers young Londoners to step up as leaders and make a difference in their community.

The experience provides pupils with the opportunity to plan and launch a social action project, whilst helping them to develop their leadership, project management, and communication skills.

So on the 28th of June the #FoodForAll team aka Bubble & Squeak aka #foodwastewarriors set off to City Hall (in their branded Bubble & Squeak tshirts of course) to pitch in front of key industry specialists.  

After their confident  #foodwastewarrior pitch the panel awarded them £1500.  Well done to everyone involved.

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Before the break up of summer term Old Oak Primary School took a trip to City Harvest at their warehouse in Acton. 

City Harvest helps put surplus food to good use in a sustainable way, by distributing to organisations that feed the hungry.  Bubble & Squeak have been fortunate to have City Harvest provide regular deliveries of nutritious produce for our surplus food stall and to help with our food waste education.   

We met with Paula who had a chat with the children about how City Harvest works, with our #foodwastewarriors doing an impromptu pitch of the Bubble & Squeak project to the team.  We also helped out unloading one of their vans with surplus food and other items. 

The children had a great time and a particularly enjoyed wearing the high-vis City Harvest vest.  Thank you to Paula and team for having us down.

Kid Led Foraging Tour with Tiny Leaf and QPR Community Trust

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Over the summer the children hosted a foraging tour of Wormwood Scrubs to showcase their urban foraging skills.  They had been learning all about edible fruits near to them that are safe to pick, eat and cook with.  

We were joined by Alice from Tiny Leaf (London’s first and only organic, zero waste, vegetarian restaurant) and Alan from QPR Community Trust who were given a hand-drawn map and allocated their own team of Bubble & Squeak foraging helpers! 

The Old Oak Summer Club’s children then took them on a guided tour along with a few other (Bubble & Squeak adult foraging enthusiasts).  Armed with their foraging map also containing very important foraging rules.  We visited 4 foraging fruit hotspots on the scrubs near to Old Oak Community Centre and got a great haul.

Hackney Wonky Fruit and Veg Art Shop Pop UP!

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Since the beginning of Bubble & Squeak, the children have not only been distributing, cooking and eating the healthy surplus food but DRAWING it. Their works of foodie art have usually been created during After School Club’s Let’s Create sessions.   

We have always been massively impressed by the quality of their art work.  So when we saw a competition to have a free pop up shop for a month in June at trendy Fount London in Hackney we applied with our wonky fruit and veg #zerowaste concept…. and yes you guessed it … we only went and won it!  

Ensue a hectic couple of weeks transforming the children’s fruit and vegetable artwork into cool repeating prints and the like.  We then turned them into A3 prints, greeting cards, cushion covers and more.  We sold them alongside surplus fruit brands such as Snact (who even ran a fab workshop us)  Fruit MagpieDash Water and Spare Fruit

The store was manned by volunteers including Old Oak Primary School Teacher Vicky on her days off (thanks Vicky!).  We had a great month selling our wares and chatting to lots of different people about Bubble & Squeak, who just loved the artwork and the entrepreneurial spirit of the children. It was a great opportunity to test trade our idea too.  

We think the pop up more than achieved its goal of showcasing the creative skills of a brilliant group of children inspired by food that would have otherwise gone to landfill.  Not only that it is really exciting for us to dream big and seek entrepreneurial avenues that can support our social enterprise to be as self-sustainable as possible. 

We are busy working on the next collection with some exciting things in the pipeline.  We will keep you posted where we will be popping up next with our #wonkyiswonderful artwork.  Oh and check out our online shop where you can still purchase some of the collection! 

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SO until next time


We promise we won’t leave it so long until the next newsletter!  Join us very soon for the next installment including those important Crowdfunding Updates (hello shipping container) a thunderclap request for our next fundraising adventure and details of the next Bubble & Squeak community event.  

Bubble & Squeak June 18, 2017

Come to our kids cooking workshop with Snact and get creative with surplus food!

We are delighted to be joining forces with Snact to run a fun creative kids cooking workshop! 

If you didn’t know Snact make delicious fruit jerky made out of surplus fruit with compostable packaging.  They also are avid foodwaste / no plastic campaigners – or as they like to call it snactivists!

With such similar foodie ethos to Bubble & Squeak it was a no brainier for us to join forces with their amazing team and host this workshop at our Hackney pop up.   

Come along and get inspired to rethink the way you look at food you might of normally thrown in the bin whilst cooking at home.  We will also be joined by the Bubble & Squeak children who are very excited to be coming over from West London.   

Join us on the 29 June from 11 AM – Noon. Taking place in Hackney at our pop up at Fount London, 358 – 360 Westgate Street E8 3RN.  All welcome.  

June 2, 2017

Take a peak inside our London Fields #ZEROWASTE Pop Up

Well what a busy couple of weeks it has been!  If you haven’t heard, Bubble & Squeak found out in mid may they had won a competition to have a free pop up shop for a month in June in the ever so trendy East London. Located in the beautiful SHOP EAT PLAY space called Fount London

Our winning concept was a #zerowaste lifestyle store.   If your not familiar with the term #zerowaste we promise it is not as scary as it sounds! 

#Zerowaste is the philosophy that we can all dramatically reduce the amount of rubbish we create on a daily basis and to live in a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted.  

Not wasting is one of our core messages as to why our #foodwastewarrior children run their surplus food stall in the Old Oak Primary School Playground on a weekly basis.   Another core message is our Bubble & Squeak kids all have an amazing entrepreneurial spirit to use for good. 

So with this in mind our amazing children got busy making wonky fruit and veg art which we have turned into prints, greeting cards and cushion covers!  We have some great surplus food brands for you to try such as Rubies In the Rubble and Snact.  As well as some lovely children books all with an environment message and more.  

We are looking forward to the school term starting again so we can arrange a trip for our West London based Bubble & Squeak kids to come check out their creations.  

Additionally we are busy confirming a few surplus food inspired events as well to run at the shop over the month – so watch this space. 

Do come and say hi and support our entrepreneurial venture if your in the area. The shop is ran on volunteer time and all profits go back into our grass root work of collecting surplus food waste. 

Check out the pictures below and do spread the word! 

Find us near London Fields at Fount London, Arches 358-360, Westgate Street, London E8 3RN from the 1st June to the 2nd July.  Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 6.00, Sat / Sun 10.00 – 5.00. 

Bubble & Squeak 

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May 30, 2017

Bubble & Squeak to open #zerowaste East End Pop Up Shop this June

KIDS TO OPEN #ZEROWASTE POP UP SHOP IN EAST LONDON

A group of entrepreneurial West London children are going to open a #zerowaste pop up in Hackney, East London this June 2017 to inspire Londoners to aim to live a #zerowaste lifestyle.  

The #zerowaste concept is the philosophy that we can all dramatically reduce the amount of rubbish we create on a daily basis and to live in a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted.  

The group of youngsters (who go by the collective name Bubble & Squeak) won a competition to have a month’s free rent in a pop up shop space from Fount London.

Bubble & Squeak member Kasey (aged 9) “We want adults and children alike to come and be inspired through the eyes of us… children!”

The shop will sell the children’s wonky fruit and veg artwork and homewares, as well as some great surplus food brands such as Rubies in the Rubble, Dash Water, Fruit Magpie, Snact fruit jerky and Spare Fruit Crisps.  

Also available will be beautifully upcycled kids dungarees in retro fabrics from Erin & Arthur and more!  

This unique idea will turn the space into a hub for East London to be the change they want to see in the world, sparking conversations and showcasing our children’s entrepreneurial spirit and kid magic.  

With arguably the topic of environmental change mainly ignored in the upcoming general election andwith Londoners being told their plastic water bottle consumption is out of control the time is now to make a noise about the environment.  

The shop will be staffed by adult volunteers with all profits will go back into the Bubble & Squeak social enterprise, supporting our grass root work of reducing food waste. 

Find them near London Fields at Fount London, Arches 358-360, Westgate Street, London E8 3RN from the 1st June to the 2nd July.  Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 6.00, Sat / Sun 10.00 – 5.00. 

Bubble & Squeak is an award winning kids ran social enterprise based in East Acton.  They collect surplus food from shops and markets and redistribute to the local East Acton community on a pay as you feel basis.  

Launching their first stall in February 2017 they have been featured on Time Out Online (with 87,000 + views), won Business Launchpad’s Eco Business Award 2017 and ran a successful crowdfunding campaign raising £5,564.  

Helping the children with the project are adult coordinators Elly Harrington and Lydia Gandaa.  

For more information contact Elly Harrington at bubblesqueakeat@gmail.com / 07515946486, or Lydia Gandaa 02087437629 at Old Oak Primary School. 

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BUBBLE & SQUEAK NEWS MAY 2017

Well my oh my …  haven’t we just had an exciting couple of months at Bubble & Squeak HQ! 

Since launching our first surplus food stall in February 2017 we have been working hard to make Bubble & Squeak a success.  Here is a round up of some of our highlights so far – we hope you enjoy.  

BUBBLE AND SQUEAK HIT CROWDFUNDING TARGET

You may have noticed if you follow us on social media that we are crowdfunding for a shipping container to store more surplus food.  

We are absolutely delighted to say we have hit the £4,500 target in just 13 days!  

A huge thank you to everybody that has pledged to us so far with your generous donations.    
The Bubble & Squeak children have truly been bowled over by your support and can’t wait to grow their social enterprise.

With the campaign finishing on the 23 May there is still time for us to raise funds. We have added an ambitious stretch target of £995.99 for a 1200 Litre industrial fridge. 

Let’s keep up the sharing and pledging of our crowdfunding campaign.  Thank you #foodwastewarriors

BUBBLE & SQUEAK WIN THEIR FIRST AWARD

In April 2017 Bubble & Squeak picked up their their first award! Winning Best Eco Business from Business Launchpad.   The Tooting based organisation supports young entrepreneurs grow their businesses.  

The judges said they loved Bubble & Squeak’s sound ethical principles rooted in environment and sustainability.

Bubble & Squeaker Elly collected the award from the fancy evening award ceremony at the RBS Bishopsgate building in Liverpool Street.   Find out more on the BLP website

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BUBBLE & SQUEAK TIME OUT ONLINE VIDEO HITS   86,000 VIEWS

In March 2017 Bubble & Squeak got featured in TIME OUT online. The video on the TIME OUT  Facebook page has now gone viral hitting 86,000 views. Check it out below: 

BUBBLE & SQUEAK HAVE A LAUNCH PARTY

Adults and children alike had a fantastic time at our Bubble & Squeak launch party in April. 

Guests enjoyed smoothies upon arrival whilst checking out our surplus food stall and eating tasty surplus food canapes whilst mingling with our Bubble & Squeak kids.  The event was finished off with a talk from Feedback and speeches from headteacher Mr Brown / Old Oak Centre Manager Carla Martin.  More pics on our facebook page

A big thank you to Bubble & Squeaker Lydia for creating the event with the Bubble & Squeak children.  A big thanks to all the Old Oak Primary School staff help and Holly / James from Feedback.  Also special thanks to Pack’d for their delicious smoothies, Chic P for the hummus and Propercorn for our goody bag treats! 

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BUBBLE & SQUEAK THROUGH TO FINAL OF MAYOR FOR LONDON’S CITY PITCH

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On Tuesday 28th March the Year 4 and 5 Old Oak Primary children were selected out of hundreds of London schools to take part in the Mayor of London’s ‘Leadership Day’.  Here the children came up with business solutions to improve their local environment and pitched it to the Mayors Team using a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style approach.  

The winning team was the Food Waste Warriors who delivered a slick presentation about the Bubble & Squeak project.

The children (with Elly) then confidently created their own video pitch which went up against 12 other schools.  We found out this Wednesday the children have been selected as finalists to appear at City Hall in front of a panel of key industrial individuals.  

On the 28th of June they will present their project with the aim of winning £1500 towards the project.  We wish the Squeakers all the best of luck! 

and finally ….. 

BUBBLE & SQUEAK WEEKLY FOOD STALL CONTINUES TO THRIVE AT OLD OAK PRIMARY SCHOOL

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We have been continuing our core work of saving surplus food from landfill and redstributing it to local familes via our weekly food stall ran by the Bubble & Squeak kids.  We now average around 35 families collecting surplus food each week and are building strong links with food waste charities. 

We are looking forward to expanding our stall and seeing what ideas the Bubble & Squeak children have on how together we can do this.  We are always on the look out for new avenues for how to save / distribute surplus food, contacts, funding opportunities and ideas.  Do get in touch with us at bubblesqueakeat@gmail.com if you think you can help. 

That’s it for now – thanks for reading.  See you next time #foodwastewarriors

Bubble & Squeak 

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