PUPILS from four primary schools have been teaching Sedgefield’s MP about their campaign to help reduce global food waste.

The youngsters from Chilton, Cleves Cross, Dean Bank and Ferryhill Station Primary Schools welcomed Phil Wilson MP to see their Fuel for School initiative in action.

At the event at Cleves Cross Primary School, Ferryhill, on Thursday, the politician pledged his support to the project looks at sustainability and surplus food that supermarkets throw away.

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Believed to be the first of its kind in the North-East, it sees schools working together to raise awareness about the difference between best before dates and use by dates and to encourage households to reduce food waste by checking the fridge and cupboards before buying.

Glenys Newby, of Approach Too, said: “The exciting part of the project for the children is they also run their own market stall at the end of the day which will swap food items on a pay as you feel basis.

“The children will be learning about retail, business ethics, handling money and marketing and any profit made goes back into the project for the future sustainability.”