It’s been quite a while since we did a big old update on how things are going at The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield….so here we have it!
In November 2015 we moved in to Regather Works and opened our café, with little in the way of promotion or announcement. We wanted to get used to running a café before going all out with a big launch. Given our reputation for pop-ups feeding over 100 customers we needed to ensure we were ready! Since then we’ve had our head in the sand a bit trying to juggle daily food collections, running the café, managing volunteers and generally just getting through it all.
Fast forward to April 2016 and where are we now? The café is getting busier, mainly due to word of mouth and social media coverage. We’re feeding an average of 45 people a day and have saved over 3 tonnes of food since December! We are about to start on a refurb of the café space, which will allow us to seat 23 rather than 16 customers and is being headed up by local creative Jonny Douglas. Jonny’s been a supporter of the project since day 1 and has kindly offered his services to help us achieve the space we need. Exciting times!
Over the past 6 months we’ve been forging stronger relationships with local organisations, persuading more shops and supermarkets to come on board and have had loads of lovely people volunteer in the café to help cook amazing meals. Local chef Sally Morris from A Recipe for Gluttony has been involved since July last year and has whipped up many a tasty dish for the café and our events. Brandon of the new Sentinel Brewhouse recently started helping the project and his Sunday roasts are becoming a thing of legend!
Our message still remains – we are here to reduce food waste and feed bellies not bins. If you haven’t made it down to the café yet why not pay us a visit? And if you like it, why not come and help out?
We are open Thursday and Friday 11am – 8pm and Sunday 11am – 3pm.
Thanks for all your support so far, we’re very excited to see where the next 6 months take us!