Food school is a pilot project brought to you by MAD about Waste which is a volunteer-led community group based in Chippenham (Wiltshire). We work in close partnership with Zero Chippenham. Environmental Sustainability and thriving communities are at the heart of everything we do. We are especially focused on developing skills within our community on the creative use of waste. Our goal is zero to landfill. We’re keen to reach out to schools and other community groups.

Food School has been officially recognised as a Friend of Champions for the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3. This is a target to halve global food loss and food waste by 50 per cent by 2030.

MAD about Waste is run by three volunteer Directors:

Sue Cassell. Sue is a project manager with a keen interest in waste reduction and sustainable living. Following head office roles in the public, private and voluntary sector (including at the National Trust and at the Youth Hostels Association) she has worked as the cook at a Youth Centre and as a volunteer cook at a drop-in centre in Swindon. She has Level 3 (supervisory) certification in Food Safety and Hygiene. Sue has an allotment and grows fruit and vegetables organically. She undertakes Continuous Professional Development with the Westminster Food and Nutrition Policy Forum and with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. She is a member of the Parents’ Jury at the food campaigning charity SUSTAIN and is a Sugar Smart ambassador for Wiltshire.

Sue volunteers with the Food Box scheme in Chippenham, which redistributes supermarket surplus food, including fresh items, to families and individuals in need. From March to December 2020, more than 6,000 bags of food have been redistributed to those in need.

Helen Franks. Helen has expertise in charity and corporate collaboration and the redistribution of food to those who are in need.

Charlie Parry. Charlie is part of the senior leadership team at Good Energy Ltd. He is a chartered accountant.

Some of MAD about Waste’s activities are supported by Wiltshire Council’s youth budget.