The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield is a voluntary run food waste campaign whose entire menu will be composed of only waste or surplus food. Our food comes from a variety of sources from local businesses, supermarkets, catering events, local households, food banks, farms and wholesalers. We are part of the growing Real Junk Food Project network in the UK.

We want to challenge you to think about three issues:

1: Concept of food waste: You will be challenged to think about the food you are eating which is perfectly healthy and delicious and would otherwise have been in a landfill.

2: The value of food: Meals produced will be available on a ‘Pay-As-You-Feel’ basis meaning that you can chose to pay in money, skills or your energy by washing up, helping out, teaching us something.

3: Build community: By reconnecting with the simple values of feeding the community we hope to engage people in becoming involved with the project and helping each other out. We are linking with many charities and food banks to ensure the awareness of the project is wide reaching. We will also work with young students (16-18) to help them pass their Catering NVQs by hosting them for work experience. Finally we are linking with the Student’s Union to increase awareness amongst Sheffield’s student population in the next academic year. Wider aims of the project include providing education sessions on food waste across the city and taking on apprentices.

We’re really excited to be bringing the first Pay-as-you-Feel surplus food café to Sheffield!