Film showing in Shipley to draw attention to issues of food waste and food poverty

30 January 2017

This Saturday, Bradford District Green Party and Saltaire Canteen will be showing the documentary “Full Bins, Empty Bellies, Lonely Lives” at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley.

The film, directed by Daniel Vallin, looks at three seemingly self-contradictory issues in the UK today: millions living in food insecurity while millions of tonnes of food are wasted every year, and at the same time so many people experience another type of poverty; loneliness.

Natalie BennettThe film features interviews with the then Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett, who along with Duncan Milwain from Saltaire Canteen and The Real Junk Food Project, will be speaking after the film.

Saltaire Canteen will be serving a light dinner that has been cooked from ‘waste food’ – perfectly edible food that for various reasons would have been destined for landfill or incineration.

This is the first visit by Natalie Bennett to Bradford District since she stepped down as leader of the Green Party in September 2016.She has relocated to Sheffield where she has been selected to contest the Sheffield Central constituency at the next General Election. Ms Bennett visited Saltaire Canteen in 2015 with Cllr Martin Love to discuss their expansion plans. In the UK, 15 million tonnes of edible food are wasted ever year.

Cllr Hawarun Hussain and Cllr Kevin Wanes at Saltaire CanteenLate last year, Duncan Milwain spoke to Cllr Hawarun Hussain and Cllr Kevin Warnes about the issues of food waste and their ambitious plans to be more involved in the local community. 

The Real Junk Food Project was set up in 2013 to tackle this issue. They operate a global network of ‘pay as you feel’ cafes including Saltaire Canteen. Full Bins, Empty Bellies, Lonely Lives will be shown on Saturday 4th February at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley.

Doors open at 5:30 and food will be provided by Saltaire Canteen on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis. The film showing will start at 6:30. Tickets for the film are also on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis and are available on Eventbrite.

Trailer available here.