The Real Junk Food Project Brighton
Project Category: Community Interest Company
The concept is a simple one intercepting food waste from supermarkets, restaurants and other sources, before transforming it into healthy, nutritious meals to serve to the local community, on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.
The pay as you feel concept encourages people to think about what a plate of food means to them. Where has it come from? How much energy was used to create it? Why was it destined for landfill?
Answering these questions will help to raise awareness about the problem of unnecessary food waste and encourage people to try to live more sustainably.
In Brighton we now have around 80 volunteers dedicated to the cause and several supermarkets on board from whom we intercept food waste. On a Wednesday we have been offering up freshly squeezed juices and hand made sandwiches at the Farmers Market in Churchill Square; whilst on a Friday we take over an amazing community church venue from which we run our café, serving up tasty waste food lunches all of course on a pay as you feel basis. We hope to be running a 7-day a week café as soon as possible, with use of Silos (a zero waste restaurant) kitchen to process any food that needs to be preserved.
We also have plans to start giving talks in schools to educate children about food waste and we would like to explore ideas around the gift economy, to place more value on people, their time and effort.