We are preparing to open a food waste cafe in Berwick-Upon-Tweed but we need your support.
We want to create a collaborative community space in which we take unsold yet edible food from our supermarkets, local shops and households and create affordable and balanced meals for all.
The food will be offered on a Pay-As-You-Feel (PAYF) basis meaning people can pay what they think the food is worth, donate whatever amount they can afford or even volunteer their time and skills to pay for a meal - all have their value.
In this way, the cafe will be a place for everyone. We think everyone should have access to healthy food and a friendly environment in which to enjoy it.
Once we are established we will also be offering classes where people can learn more about reducing food waste in their own homes and how to get the most out of shopping on a budget. In this way, we will empower and educate people to produce their own healthy, affordable meals.
We also want this space to be a community hub for statutory and third sector organisations where they can achieve their own aims and objectives.
So, our cafe will tackle the following issues:
- food waste in the local area
- food poverty and instability
- social isolation and integration
- a lack of understanding about food and nutrition
Why do we need money?
As you may have seen on our Facebook page, we have been already been working away, laying the foundations for this project. However right now we are stuck in a catch 22 situation, whereby we have backing from local suppliers and supermarkets and a possible premises but we lack the necessary capital to kickstart our community-based, co-productive business
Although we will be depending on food donations to run the cafe, we still require a bit of funding to purchase the necessary equipment and help us with initial start up costs. We have aimed for £1500 but of course we set our hopes higher! Any small contribution you can make will take us a step closer to making the cafe a reality.
Has this idea worked anywhere else?
Yes! The Real Junk Food Project was started by Adam Smith in Leeds. He has since collaborated on a number of projects in that area and the idea has spread across the country with dozens of projects popping up all over the place.
You can find out more here http://therealjunkfoodproject.org
Risks and challenges
So far the biggest challenge we have faced has been showing people how vital this project is in Berwick. Waste food initiatives are a relatively new and popular concept but something that benefits everyone. We will work hard to ensure that we are marketing and showcasing our vision, our aims and our objectives to all local and visiting people.
We have already had a great deal of support from supermarkets in town but we are yet to hear from them all. Once the cafe is opened we are confident that all the big chains will want to be involved in the project. It's a win-win situation for everyone. We can use their unused food to make meals and they can fulfil their obligations to reduce waste and support community projects like this one.
Lastly, the idea of waste food consumption can be a somewhat taboo subject. We will battle this by raising awareness and destigmatising waste food use by providing high quality food and service.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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