Plan for healthier diet and less waste

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A new food strategy is being drawn up for Sheffield in an attempt to make diets healthier and to reduce the amount of wasted food.

Led by the council, it aims to refresh the two-year-old Sheffield Food Plan, working with schools and the public and private sector.

Some progress has been made, councillors have been told, but an update is needed in the light of changing priorities and cuts in funding.

It is estimated that just under a quarter of Sheffield people aged over 16 eat a healthy diet and 58% are overweight. About 40,000 people are experiencing ‘food poverty’.

At the same time, it is thought the average city household wastes £50 of food a month.