What does a Hackney pop up, a foraging tour and City Hall all have in common?

The answer is .... BUBBLE & SQUEAK! Naturally ... 

From pitching at London City Hall to launching our wonky fruit/veg artwork.  Bubble & Squeak have had a busy summer.

Pitching to success at London City Hall

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In our last newsletter, we told you of our excitement at Old Oak Primary School being selected to take part in City Pitch.  Making it through from 72 school projects to the final six to be invited to City Hall.  Here they pitched their Bubble & Squeak surplus food idea to a dragons den style panel of industry experts!

City Pitch is a great Mayor of London initiative which empowers young Londoners to step up as leaders and make a difference in their community.

The experience provides pupils with the opportunity to plan and launch a social action project, whilst helping them to develop their leadership, project management, and communication skills.

So on the 28th of June the #FoodForAll team aka Bubble & Squeak aka #foodwastewarriors set off to City Hall (in their branded Bubble & Squeak tshirts of course) to pitch in front of key industry specialists.  

After their confident  #foodwastewarrior pitch the panel awarded them £1500.  Well done to everyone involved.

Old Oak Primary Visit City Harvest

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Before the break up of summer term Old Oak Primary School took a trip to City Harvest at their warehouse in Acton. 

City Harvest helps put surplus food to good use in a sustainable way, by distributing to organisations that feed the hungry.  Bubble & Squeak have been fortunate to have City Harvest provide regular deliveries of nutritious produce for our surplus food stall and to help with our food waste education.   

We met with Paula who had a chat with the children about how City Harvest works, with our #foodwastewarriors doing an impromptu pitch of the Bubble & Squeak project to the team.  We also helped out unloading one of their vans with surplus food and other items. 

The children had a great time and a particularly enjoyed wearing the high-vis City Harvest vest.  Thank you to Paula and team for having us down.

Kid Led Foraging Tour with Tiny Leaf and QPR Community Trust

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Over the summer the children hosted a foraging tour of Wormwood Scrubs to showcase their urban foraging skills.  They had been learning all about edible fruits near to them that are safe to pick, eat and cook with.  

We were joined by Alice from Tiny Leaf (London’s first and only organic, zero waste, vegetarian restaurant) and Alan from QPR Community Trust who were given a hand-drawn map and allocated their own team of Bubble & Squeak foraging helpers! 

The Old Oak Summer Club’s children then took them on a guided tour along with a few other (Bubble & Squeak adult foraging enthusiasts).  Armed with their foraging map also containing very important foraging rules.  We visited 4 foraging fruit hotspots on the scrubs near to Old Oak Community Centre and got a great haul.

Hackney Wonky Fruit and Veg Art Shop Pop UP!

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Since the beginning of Bubble & Squeak, the children have not only been distributing, cooking and eating the healthy surplus food but DRAWING it. Their works of foodie art have usually been created during After School Club's Let's Create sessions.   

We have always been massively impressed by the quality of their art work.  So when we saw a competition to have a free pop up shop for a month in June at trendy Fount London in Hackney we applied with our wonky fruit and veg #zerowaste concept.... and yes you guessed it ... we only went and won it!  

Ensue a hectic couple of weeks transforming the children's fruit and vegetable artwork into cool repeating prints and the like.  We then turned them into A3 prints, greeting cards, cushion covers and more.  We sold them alongside surplus fruit brands such as Snact (who even ran a fab workshop us)  Fruit MagpieDash Water and Spare Fruit

The store was manned by volunteers including Old Oak Primary School Teacher Vicky on her days off (thanks Vicky!).  We had a great month selling our wares and chatting to lots of different people about Bubble & Squeak, who just loved the artwork and the entrepreneurial spirit of the children. It was a great opportunity to test trade our idea too.  

We think the pop up more than achieved its goal of showcasing the creative skills of a brilliant group of children inspired by food that would have otherwise gone to landfill.  Not only that it is really exciting for us to dream big and seek entrepreneurial avenues that can support our social enterprise to be as self-sustainable as possible. 

We are busy working on the next collection with some exciting things in the pipeline.  We will keep you posted where we will be popping up next with our #wonkyiswonderful artwork.  Oh and check out our online shop where you can still purchase some of the collection! 

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SO until next time


We promise we won't leave it so long until the next newsletter!  Join us very soon for the next installment including those important Crowdfunding Updates (hello shipping container) a thunderclap request for our next fundraising adventure and details of the next Bubble & Squeak community event.  

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Come to our kids cooking workshop with Snact and get creative with surplus food!

We are delighted to be joining forces with Snact to run a fun creative kids cooking workshop! 

If you didn't know Snact make delicious fruit jerky made out of surplus fruit with compostable packaging.  They also are avid foodwaste / no plastic campaigners - or as they like to call it snactivists!

With such similar foodie ethos to Bubble & Squeak it was a no brainier for us to join forces with their amazing team and host this workshop at our Hackney pop up.   

Come along and get inspired to rethink the way you look at food you might of normally thrown in the bin whilst cooking at home.  We will also be joined by the Bubble & Squeak children who are very excited to be coming over from West London.   

Join us on the 29 June from 11 AM - Noon. Taking place in Hackney at our pop up at Fount London, 358 - 360 Westgate Street E8 3RN.  All welcome.  

Take a peak inside our London Fields #ZEROWASTE Pop Up

Well what a busy couple of weeks it has been!  If you haven't heard, Bubble & Squeak found out in mid may they had won a competition to have a free pop up shop for a month in June in the ever so trendy East London. Located in the beautiful SHOP EAT PLAY space called Fount London

Our winning concept was a #zerowaste lifestyle store.   If your not familiar with the term #zerowaste we promise it is not as scary as it sounds! 

#Zerowaste is the philosophy that we can all dramatically reduce the amount of rubbish we create on a daily basis and to live in a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted.  

Not wasting is one of our core messages as to why our #foodwastewarrior children run their surplus food stall in the Old Oak Primary School Playground on a weekly basis.   Another core message is our Bubble & Squeak kids all have an amazing entrepreneurial spirit to use for good. 

So with this in mind our amazing children got busy making wonky fruit and veg art which we have turned into prints, greeting cards and cushion covers!  We have some great surplus food brands for you to try such as Rubies In the Rubble and Snact.  As well as some lovely children books all with an environment message and more.  

We are looking forward to the school term starting again so we can arrange a trip for our West London based Bubble & Squeak kids to come check out their creations.  

Additionally we are busy confirming a few surplus food inspired events as well to run at the shop over the month - so watch this space. 

Do come and say hi and support our entrepreneurial venture if your in the area. The shop is ran on volunteer time and all profits go back into our grass root work of collecting surplus food waste. 

Check out the pictures below and do spread the word! 

Find us near London Fields at Fount London, Arches 358-360, Westgate Street, London E8 3RN from the 1st June to the 2nd July.  Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 6.00, Sat / Sun 10.00 – 5.00. 

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Bubble & Squeak to open #zerowaste East End Pop Up Shop this June

KIDS TO OPEN #ZEROWASTE POP UP SHOP IN EAST LONDON

A group of entrepreneurial West London children are going to open a #zerowaste pop up in Hackney, East London this June 2017 to inspire Londoners to aim to live a #zerowaste lifestyle.  

The #zerowaste concept is the philosophy that we can all dramatically reduce the amount of rubbish we create on a daily basis and to live in a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted.  

The group of youngsters (who go by the collective name Bubble & Squeak) won a competition to have a month’s free rent in a pop up shop space from Fount London.

Bubble & Squeak member Kasey (aged 9) “We want adults and children alike to come and be inspired through the eyes of us… children!”

The shop will sell the children’s wonky fruit and veg artwork and homewares, as well as some great surplus food brands such as Rubies in the Rubble, Dash Water, Fruit Magpie, Snact fruit jerky and Spare Fruit Crisps.  

Also available will be beautifully upcycled kids dungarees in retro fabrics from Erin & Arthur and more!  

This unique idea will turn the space into a hub for East London to be the change they want to see in the world, sparking conversations and showcasing our children’s entrepreneurial spirit and kid magic.  

With arguably the topic of environmental change mainly ignored in the upcoming general election and with Londoners being told their plastic water bottle consumption is out of control the time is now to make a noise about the environment.  

The shop will be staffed by adult volunteers with all profits will go back into the Bubble & Squeak social enterprise, supporting our grass root work of reducing food waste. 

Find them near London Fields at Fount London, Arches 358-360, Westgate Street, London E8 3RN from the 1st June to the 2nd July.  Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 6.00, Sat / Sun 10.00 – 5.00. 

Bubble & Squeak is an award winning kids ran social enterprise based in East Acton.  They collect surplus food from shops and markets and redistribute to the local East Acton community on a pay as you feel basis.  

Launching their first stall in February 2017 they have been featured on Time Out Online (with 87,000 + views), won Business Launchpad’s Eco Business Award 2017 and ran a successful crowdfunding campaign raising £5,564.  

Helping the children with the project are adult coordinators Elly Harrington and Lydia Gandaa.  

For more information contact Elly Harrington at bubblesqueakeat@gmail.com / 07515946486, or Lydia Gandaa 02087437629 at Old Oak Primary School. 

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BUBBLE & SQUEAK NEWS MAY 2017

Well my oh my ...  haven't we just had an exciting couple of months at Bubble & Squeak HQ! 

Since launching our first surplus food stall in February 2017 we have been working hard to make Bubble & Squeak a success.  Here is a round up of some of our highlights so far - we hope you enjoy.  

BUBBLE AND SQUEAK HIT CROWDFUNDING TARGET

You may have noticed if you follow us on social media that we are crowdfunding for a shipping container to store more surplus food.  

We are absolutely delighted to say we have hit the £4,500 target in just 13 days!  

A huge thank you to everybody that has pledged to us so far with your generous donations.    
The Bubble & Squeak children have truly been bowled over by your support and can't wait to grow their social enterprise.

With the campaign finishing on the 23 May there is still time for us to raise funds. We have added an ambitious stretch target of £995.99 for a 1200 Litre industrial fridge. 

Let's keep up the sharing and pledging of our crowdfunding campaign.  Thank you #foodwastewarriors

BUBBLE & SQUEAK WIN THEIR FIRST AWARD

In April 2017 Bubble & Squeak picked up their their first award! Winning Best Eco Business from Business Launchpad.   The Tooting based organisation supports young entrepreneurs grow their businesses.  

The judges said they loved Bubble & Squeak's sound ethical principles rooted in environment and sustainability.

Bubble & Squeaker Elly collected the award from the fancy evening award ceremony at the RBS Bishopsgate building in Liverpool Street.   Find out more on the BLP website

BUBBLE & SQUEAK TIME OUT ONLINE VIDEO HITS   86,000 VIEWS

In March 2017 Bubble & Squeak got featured in TIME OUT online. The video on the TIME OUT  Facebook page has now gone viral hitting 86,000 views. Check it out below: 

BUBBLE & SQUEAK HAVE A LAUNCH PARTY

Adults and children alike had a fantastic time at our Bubble & Squeak launch party in April. 

Guests enjoyed smoothies upon arrival whilst checking out our surplus food stall and eating tasty surplus food canapes whilst mingling with our Bubble & Squeak kids.  The event was finished off with a talk from Feedback and speeches from headteacher Mr Brown / Old Oak Centre Manager Carla Martin.  More pics on our facebook page

A big thank you to Bubble & Squeaker Lydia for creating the event with the Bubble & Squeak children.  A big thanks to all the Old Oak Primary School staff help and Holly / James from Feedback.  Also special thanks to Pack'd for their delicious smoothies, Chic P for the hummus and Propercorn for our goody bag treats! 

BUBBLE & SQUEAK THROUGH TO FINAL OF MAYOR FOR LONDON'S CITY PITCH

On Tuesday 28th March the Year 4 and 5 Old Oak Primary children were selected out of hundreds of London schools to take part in the Mayor of London's 'Leadership Day'.  Here the children came up with business solutions to improve their local environment and pitched it to the Mayors Team using a 'Dragon's Den' style approach.  

The winning team was the Food Waste Warriors who delivered a slick presentation about the Bubble & Squeak project.

The children (with Elly) then confidently created their own video pitch which went up against 12 other schools.  We found out this Wednesday the children have been selected as finalists to appear at City Hall in front of a panel of key industrial individuals.  

On the 28th of June they will present their project with the aim of winning £1500 towards the project.  We wish the Squeakers all the best of luck! 

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BUBBLE & SQUEAK WEEKLY FOOD STALL CONTINUES TO THRIVE AT OLD OAK PRIMARY SCHOOL

We have been continuing our core work of saving surplus food from landfill and redstributing it to local familes via our weekly food stall ran by the Bubble & Squeak kids.  We now average around 35 families collecting surplus food each week and are building strong links with food waste charities. 

We are looking forward to expanding our stall and seeing what ideas the Bubble & Squeak children have on how together we can do this.  We are always on the look out for new avenues for how to save / distribute surplus food, contacts, funding opportunities and ideas.  Do get in touch with us at bubblesqueakeat@gmail.com if you think you can help. 

That's it for now - thanks for reading.  See you next time #foodwastewarriors

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