The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield’s ‘Food Works Not Food Waste’ crowdfunding campaign reached a total of £45,911 at 11pm on Christmas Eve. Having started the day on £39,000 with a target of £50,000, the team were hoping for a miracle and plenty of local people got behind them to add almost £7,000 to the fund!
Speaking from Food Works, Jo Hercberg, director, said “We’re absolutely stunned and delighted with the total raised. On Christmas Eve the whole team were constantly refreshing the total and crossing everything in the hope we’d reach the target. The amount of support we had in those final hours was mind blowing! We did fall short of the target but to receive over 90% so close to Christmas really did beat expectations”.
Food Works is the new name for The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield, who save over 6 tonnes of food per week from being wasted. The project will undergo a full rebrand in the coming months to embrace their new identity and an interim changeover will begin in January.
Food Works will continue the existing work of TRJFP Sheffield in running two pay-as-you-feel cafés; Steeple Corner Café and Citrus Café at Zest as well as the Sharehouse Market, working with 15 primary schools, providing meals for school holiday provision, the Green Box Scheme and catering for weddings, conferences and events. The funds raised will help the team secure a long term lease, install a kitchen facility onsite, acquire some commercial refrigeration and undertake a rebrand.
The team are going to be taking a well earned break over the next couple of weeks but will be back with reward info and more updates mid-late January. The project’s operations will continue from Mon 7th January 2019.
For anyone wanting to get involved with the project you can do so by volunteering – full details on the website https://realjunkfoodsheffield.com/ or by being a customer at any of our cafes, market and events.