The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP) is an international network which aims to challenge food waste and create inclusive environments where everyone is welcome. They do this by redirecting surplus, edible food destined for landfill, to participating cafes, pop-ups and events, which feed people on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis. An increasingly popular and visible initiative, TRJFP is raising awareness of the global issues created by food waste, whilst bringing together communities to share healthy meals and memories.
TRPJP is in action in communities across the UK. One of its cafes, The Old Church in Brighton, has grown into a community get-together of epic proportions since it started in 2015. There are now regular queues down the street, with up to 200 people being fed within a half-hour window. As part of TRJFP network, they ensure everyone is equal in getting fed, able to pay what they feel, and encouraged to think about what that plate of food means to them – all whilst addressing global food waste.
TRJFP was set up in 2013 by ex-chef Adam Smith, who was inspired to take action after witnessing excessive food waste in the catering industry. Today, the project is supported by communities globally. Cafes can be found in Cardiff, Wigan, Brighton and beyond. Those interested in setting up a Café locally can request a Starter Pack.
It is bringing people from different demographics together that doesn't involve money. People are opening Junk Food Projects because they have had enough of what is going on in society and care about what is happening to other human beings.Adam Smith, Founder
Every year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food gets wasted worldwide. Real Junk Food Cafés make a huge difference, on a small, localised scale. To date, the Leeds-based Armley Junk-tion Cafe alone, has fed 20,971 bellies, received £40,326 in donations and prevented thousands of food items from going to waste.
Examples of people coming together to build better, healthier and happier places for everyone.
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