Love Food on Campus

Do you eat food? Do you care about the planet? Then Love Food on Campus is for you!

The Love Food on Campus project will get you involved in the food decisions at UON. You will find out how to get the most out of your groceries at cooking demonstrations with local chefs and have your say about how UON manages food waste on campus.

Email: to register your interest in upcoming Love Food on Campus events.

By getting involved in Love Food on Campus you can earn Champions4Change and iLead points, learn how to reduce your food waste and have your say about what UON should do to reduce food waste on campus.


The University of Newcastle accommodates 1,800 students on campus every year, that’s a lot of mouths to feed! Many of these students are moving out of home for the first time and are often still developing their cooking skills. Hunter Councils, in partnership with the University of Newcastle's Champions4Change, is delivering the Love Food on Campus project to show students how to give food waste the flip.

Love Food on Campus is focused on finding out why UON students are wasting food, what could be done to turn those behaviours around and establish a ‘community of practice’ at UON around food waste avoidance.

The main aim of Love Food on Campus is to find out what UON students need to cut down on their food waste. Is it recipe cards for low cost meals? Is it food storage containers to keep leftovers lovely? You tell us! We want UON students to tell us what works, what’s missing and what can be done better.

This project is funded from the NSW EPA Waste levy under the Love Food Hate Waste Initiative.


All dates will be available via the iLEAD newsletter and UON Event widgets; to express interest an activity, click here and email with the subject LFHW.

Focus Groups

If you take part in iLead you can also earn 5 points for attending one focus group and 5 points for assisting one focus group.

In order to find out why UON students waste food, and what they need to turn those behaviours around we are holding focus groups to ask these questions of students directly.  Focus groups will be held on campus early Semester 2 2016 and will determine how the cooking demonstrations will run later in the semester.

Focus Groups will:

  • consist of 10-15 UON students and one facilitator discussing food habits and practices of 18-24 year olds, and provide a FREE meal
  • provide FREE food storage containers and cookbooks to help participants cut down on their food waste, and
  • support students to make healthy choices for themselves, UON and the planet!

Focus groups will be held:

  • 28th July at The Glasshouse, Callaghan campus from 10:00 am to 1:00pm
  • 29th July at The Cottage, Callaghan campus from 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • 29th July at The Cottage,Callaghan campus from 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Cooking Demonstrations

If you take part in iLead you can earn 5 points for volunteering at Love Food on Campus cooking demonstrations.

Cooking demonstrations with local chefs will be focused on getting you the most out of your groceries and giving food waste the flip!
Participants in the cooking demonstrations will:

  • learn basic cooking skills
  • learn how to utilize leftovers
  • get the most out of your groceries
  • plus a get FREE meal.

There will be three cooking demonstrations held during weeks 4-6 of Semester 2 2016.


For more information on the Love Food on campus project or to register your interest in volunteering at future events, contact:

Emma Grezl - Project Officer, Hunter Councils

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.