The Real Junk Food Project Brighton
The Real Junk Food Project Brighton is a community network that intercepts perfectly good food destined for landfill and turns it into ‘pay as you feel’ meals.
It was a good year for The Real Junk Food Project in 2019, they won first place in the BRAVO Eat Well for Less category and third place for Sustainable Eats. Later that year a successful crowdfunding campaign allowed them to set up their first permanent café in the heart of the North Laine in Gardner Street, and won first place once again as Brighton’s Eat Well for Less champion.
Pay as you feel cafes and pop-ups
The Real Junkfood Project Brighton also operates out of various community centres around Brighton with its ‘pay as you feel’ cafes. The Real Junk Food Project is an international, volunteer-led, network that aims to intercept food from supermarkets that is destined for landfill and serve it back to the communities. This food is perfectly good, but surplus to the supermarket’s needs.
By operating on a pay as you feel basis The Real Junk Food Project Brighton removes any stigma attached to poverty or hunger, the cafe and pop-up cafes do not segregate diners so those who are unable to afford much are not made to feel degraded while those who can afford more are not pestered.
Chefs and servers are made up of volunteers, but they’re not unskilled. And even benefit from training donated by such leading Chefs as Master Chef winner Steven Edwards of Etch.
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