Food Waste Resource Pack for Teachers Launched

November 2019

More than one quarter of all food produced worldwide is wasted. This waste has a significant impact on the environment given the energy consumed in processing, transport, packaging and preparation. Producers, processors, businesses and households all contribute to this waste and thus, each sector can play a role in resolving the problem.

A piloted resource pack developed for secondary school teachers was formally launched at the Association of Home Economics Teachers Annual Conference in Athlone on November 8th. The resource was developed through the EPA-led Local Authority Prevention Network and is a collaboration between Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Roscommon County Council, Mayo County Council, VOICE Ireland and St. Angela’s College, Sligo.

The pack supports the new Junior Cycle Home Economics curriculum. It is also relevant to other learning contexts. The resource  contains an introduction for teachers, posters and handouts with activity pages on planning & shopping, food storage, cooking & preserving, and a conclusion to the lesson.

Download the pack today.

An Irish language version will be released in coming weeks. For more information, email

Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Joe McHugh TD commented on the resource, stating:

“Educating our students about Sustainable Development is key to ensuring responsible citizenship into the future. This resource promotes the active participation by young people in preventing food waste, which will positively impact on us, our children and future generations.”

Full press release following the launch of the pack is available here.