I was really looking forward to The Real Junk Food Project coming to our meeting Monday meeting. Food is one of my passions in life. I love cooking and I hate waste!
The main aim of the project is to intercept waste food and turn it into hot and cold meals for those in need on a pay as you feel basis. Money isn’t the only way to pay, customers can pay with their time, by volunteering in the cafe or on other projects.
Too much food is thrown away because it has passed its used or sell by date but is still good enough to eat. The Real Junk Food Project are hoping to work with supermarkets, restaurants and other retailers who throw away food they are unable to sell and turn it into nutritious food.
We were treated to samples of what waste food could be turned into.The food smelled delicious and looked amazing. I couldn’t believe they had created a colourful and tasty buffet from food that would otherwise have ended up in the bin!! As soon as I saw the deserts, I knew we were in for a treat. The chocolate and orange mousse was amazing!! There were many plates of tasty and nutritious food but one of my favourites was the vegan broccoli Quiche.
The Real Junk Food Project currently run a cafe at All Saints Church in Small Heath. They are hoping that they will be able to open pay as you feel cafes all over Birmingham. They are open Sundays 12-4, Mondays and Tuesdays 10-4. The menu is varied depending on what food they have rescued. They cater for both vegetarians and meat eaters or those just wanting a hot drink and slice of cake.
They are looking for volunteers to help with intercepting the food, cooking, serving and washing up. Check out their facebook (www.facebook.com/TRJFPBrum) and twitter (https://twitter.com/TRJFPBrum) to find out more about how you can get involved.
Fantastic to see an amazing project, which is saving the planet by tackling food waste, and is helping those in need at the same time!