A new ‘food waste’ Sharehouse is excitingly earmarked for York, The Real Junk Food Project told us more…
Just over a year ago in Wakefield, The Real Junk Food Project opened the Kindness Sharehouse as their operations hub, which has since intercepted over 160 tonnes of food that would have otherwise been wasted. The food has been redistributed to individuals and families, Freegan Boxes, schools, community groups and event catering, including a wedding for 280 people in Bradford last month.
Now the charity hope to count on supporters again to bring their operation to York by crowdfunding to build their second Sharehouse.
As a collaborative effort to change our food systems and stop food waste, The Real Junk Food Project is about empowering everyone to feed bellies not bins with food that is good enough for all.
To open the Sharehouse in York, there is a crowdfunding target of £5000.
£5000 would secure the building and provide the infrastructure to replicate the Kindness Sharehouse model here. The project’s achievements over the past year show it’s capability to succeed and grow. This week is the final week of fundraising and just under £1000 is still needed to reach their goal. Any further support would be hugely appreciated!
There are many amazing projects already in York doing great work in the fight against food waste, such as Planet Food Cafe on Bishopthorpe Road and The Real Junk Food Project can support them as a central distribution centre.
Planet Food takes food that would have been wasted and turns it into delicious meals once a week, on Thursdays at Southlands Church, all for pay as you feel. The Sharehouse can provide the space, infrastructure and network to do this really effectively.
The food The Real Junk Food Project intercepts isn’t rubbish saved from the bin. It is “waste” only due to structural problems in our food system, where goods are over-ordered, mislabelled or generally overlooked, not because it’s all past its sell-by.
Mike Bonsall, founder of York based Treligan who will be leading operations in York said, “Sustainability is my mission, and I like to see intelligent, flexible solutions to complicated problems in society. TRJFP provides an invaluable service in acting as a central hub for intercepted edible food, avoiding unnecessary waste. By acting as that central hub we can support existing projects working on this problem, and find more opportunities to do more at greater scale.”
Please visit the crowdfunder page here https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-real-junk-food-project-york-sharehouse to find out more about the project and pledge if you can. Find out more at www.trjfp.com
For any further information, please email Rachel on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07860 338 455