A documentary about a pay as you feel York food waste project has been filmed to help celebrate its fifth anniversary.
The short film documents the work involved with running the York food waste project, Planet Food, which is staffed mainly by volunteers.
It shows them collecting food waste from supermarkets in the evenings, and chefs and volunteers preparing meals and distributing them to visitors.
Planet Food – A Doughnut Economy Project will be premiered at City Screen in York on Tuesday 26 September at 6:30pm.
Instead of a red carpet, guests will walk into the cinema on a green carpet of turf.
The 20 minute film will precede My Extinction – a documentary directed by Josh Appignanesi. After the showing there will be a Planet Food taster and Q&A.
The showing is part of York Environment Week, which runs from Saturday 23 September to Sunday 1 October.
Planet Food was co-founded by Rosie Baker in 2018. “One third of all food globally gets wasted whilst 870 million people go hungry,” she said.
“Planet Food is not a food bank. We intercept surplus food from going to waste. We then cook healthy meals from it in a social space and then distribute the remainder. We ask for a contribution to go towards our expenses. Those who can afford it pay more.”
Planet Food is held every Thursday at Southlands Centre in Bishopthorpe Road.
Rosie was inspired by the ‘Doughnut Economy’ – a concept created by economist Kate Raworth.
“The idea is that our economy is not just about money and measuring success on a country’s GDP. It’s about health and happiness and measurements of wellbeing as well,” said Rosie.
“We feed bellies not bins so we are balancing social and environmental justice.”
The zero budget film has been made by BAFTA nominated filmmaker Claudia Nye, and photojournalist Sean Spencer, who are both York residents.
“We are huge fans of Planet Food and this is our contribution,” said Claudia. “We are also interested in the Doughnut Economy and we think this is a good grassroots example.”
To book your tickets to the film showing, visit the City Screen website. Tickets are £10.