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PALS FoodCam

The PALS Foodcam Initiative is a waste reduction project initiated by the PALS Green Impact Team, based on a simple but powerful principle: food belongs in stomachs, not bins.

The PALS FoodCam Initiative was initiated by the PALS Green Impact Team based on the principle that food is best enjoyed in a stomach, not bins.

'Foodcam' is an exciting platform for our community to share surplus food with others. If you're eager to embark on this culinary adventure, contributing to the mission of saving the world one meal at a time (or simply indulging in free food), we invite you to join our FoodCam mailing list.

FoodCam 2023

How to Use PALS FoodCam and Savor Free Meals:

Step 1: Become part of our mailing list by sending an email to foodcam-join@ucl.ac.uk.

Step 2: Each time someone adds food, you will receive an email complete with enticing images of available items for you to collect.

Step 3: Race to the pickup point to secure your share before others do. (Pro-tip: To ensure the food is still available, you can monitor the live stream at https://foodcam.pals.ucl.ac.uk. Note that access to the live stream requires you to be on UCL campus).

Step 4: Relish your meal to your heart's content and revel in the feeling of being a world savior.

Reducing Your Food Waste Footprint:

Step 1: Gather leftover food from your events, meetings, or any uneaten but still edible items.

Step 2: Showcase the food on the designated table within the FoodCam Area, making it look irresistible. You'll find it on the 3rd floor of the Bedford Way canteen.

Step 3: Simply press the button next to the screen.

Step 4: You can choose to witness the excitement as fellow community members rush to savor your delectable offerings or depart with the satisfaction of having made an incredible impact on your day.

10 Reasons to Love PALS Foodcam:

  1. Over one-third of all globally produced food ends up as waste.
  2. The annual global value of wasted food is a staggering $1 trillion, weighing in at 1.3 billion tonnes.
  3. The food wasted in the US, UK, and Europe alone could feed nearly one billion hungry people worldwide.
  4. An expanse larger than China is devoted to growing uneaten food.
  5. A quarter of the world's freshwater supply is utilized for growing food that goes unconsumed.
  6. If food waste were a nation, it would rank as the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, trailing only China and the US.
  7. Food waste is entirely preventable.
  8. Agriculture contributes to almost one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  9. In households, food waste amounts to an average of £700 per year for UK families.
  10. By 2050, an additional 2.3 billion people will inhabit our planet, necessitating a 60-70% increase in global food production to meet their needs.

Join us in the PALS FoodCam movement and become a catalyst for positive change, one meal at a time. Together, we can combat food waste and make a substantial impact on our environment and communities.