Feed bellies not bins – the cafe with a conscience
The Real Junk Food (TRJF) Project network is a national and international network of cafes (both permanent and pop-ups) with one central objective: to intercept food waste destined for land fill and use it to feed people who need it, on a pay as you feel basis. Matt’s Café is the first registered café on the TRJF network in Swansea. It is equipped with first-class facilities.
Vast sums of food are wasted globally and in the UK alone significant numbers of people are estimated to be under-fed and the demand on Food Banks has never been higher. The Project Network estimates that the UK creates an estimated 15 million tonnes of food waste every year. In the past two years the Network has intercepted 25 tonnes of food and served over 109,000 meals.
The innovative pay as you feel concept encourages people to think about what that plate of food means to them, and value it in whatever way they can. By choosing not to segregate people based on financial circumstances these cafes can be funded, but in a manner that neither patronises those who need it most and empowers others to freely support it. It provides the balance between the need for funding and the need for giving, but it does so in a very blended format – everyone is equal in being fed, it is up to the individual to pay what they feel.
Our three pillars:
- To reduce food waste
- To feed those with or without funds
- To provide opportunities for those who are long-term unemployed