We did it
On 31st December 2019 we successfully raised £29,322 with 414 supporters in 38 days

We want to open a Pay-As-You-Feel vegetarian/vegan cafe in the centre of Brighton using surplus food which we prevent from going to waste

by surplus-food-hero in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  We've reached our target of £25,000 so the "Gardener Cafe" is going to happen!  We now have the opportunity to keep going and aim for a stretch target of £38,000.  The additional money will mean that we can buy better outdoor furniture to make the most of the fact that Gardner Street is car-free on weekends.  We'll replace some more of the kitchen equipment.  And, course, we'll have the opportunity to feed more people who don't have the wherewithal to pay for a meal. So let's keep going and REALLY FEED THE WORLD.


The Real Junk Food Project

Five years ago the Real Junk Food Project Brighton burst on to the Brighton scene. 

We now intercept over 10 tonnes of food each month:  food that would be sent to land-fill because regulations determine that it can not be sold even though it's perfectly good to eat.

We believe that food is valuable and should be eaten not wasted.

Our volunteers peel, chop and prepare it: our cooks bake and steam it; fry it and we serve delicious meals to over 500 people a week in pop-up lunch cafes we have opened in church halls and community centres.


Our Volunteers

We are a volunteer-led organisation.  We could not do what we do without unpaid helpers. We offer training in kitchen skills to enable people get into the workplace be they sufferers from mental health issues, recovering from addiction, ex-offenders or young people Not-In-Employment-or-Training.


What Do People Say?

Pay As You Feel

We operate a Pay-As-You-Feel policy which means our guests help cover our running costs by making a donation in cash or in kind.  

We know that our policy of making food available to all regardless of their ability to pay makes a huge difference to people's lives.  This is a note we recently discovered in one of our donation buckets.

We've won Awards !!

Runners-up in the Observer Food Magazine Best Ethical Food Project category for 2019; Gold in the Brighton and Hove Food Festival Awards for Best Social Eating Experience and Best Cheap Eats; Silver for the Food Hero Award; 

First in the Eat Well For Less category in the BRAVO Awards.

Why Do We Need Funds?

We now have an exciting opportunity to bring our unique social enterprise to a city-centre location in Brighton.  

Infinity Foods Co-operative has offered us the chance to lease their property in Gardner Street for use as a vegetarian/vegan café using surplus food.  

This will be a game-changer for our project.  We will have a place we can call our own to open daily.  

We have the chance to take our message about waste food to a much wider audience.  

We aim to feed many more people with surplus food: food that would otherwise go to waste.

In order to make this a reality, we’re asking for your help.

We calculate we will need £25,000 to do some refurbishment and ensure that all our setup costs are met.  

Additionally your contribution will ‘pay forward’ so that the many people of Brighton who struggle to afford to eat a healthy hot meal have the opportunity to avail themselves of the nutritious food we will create at the new café.

The Festive Season is just around the corner.  Would you consider donating for someone less fortunate than you on our crowdfunder?

Our Rewards

We have some great rewards so it’s not just charity: Junk Food branded T-shirts, aprons, hoodies and water bottles.   Quality food hampers composed of surplus food.  Vouchers to eat in Brighton restaurants kindly donated by the local food fraternity.

Plus, all donors will be honoured on our Supporters Wall in the new cafe. 

And you’ll be very welcome to come and have a meal with us any time you like when we open in the new year.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

67 of 100 claimed

£10 Reward - The Set Competition

Dan Kenny Chef/Owner of The Set has offered his “chefs table” experience for two (10 personalised courses), welcome drinks and a bottle of wine included. This reward is being offered as a competion. Each £10 entitles you to one credit i.e. pledge £30 to get 3 chances. We'll draw a winner when the crowdfunder closes and the lucky winner will get the reward.

£15 or more

£15 Reward - Tote Bag

A black Junk Food Brighton branded Tote bag which you can use for your shopping.

£25 or more

£25 Reward - T-shirt

A Junk Food Brighton branded T-shirt. Medium or Large sizes available. Black.

£25 or more

£25 Reward - Apron

A Junk Food Brighton branded apron. Black.

£25 or more

5 of 12 claimed

£25 Reward - Dinner for One

A single ticket to a pop-up Junk Food "bistro" event in which our chefs will serve a three-course vegetarian/vegan meal using surplus food. The event will take place in the Junk Food Gardner St Cafe on a weekday evening tba.

£25 or more

23 of 50 claimed

£25 Reward

A black stainless steel water bottle with Junk Food Project logo. Its double-wall insulation ensures the bottles stay cool or hot all day, without passing the inner temperature out to your hands.

£40 or more

£40 Reward - Hoodie

Junk Food Brighton branded hoodie. Medium or Large sizes available. Black.

£50 or more

6 of 12 claimed

£50 Reward - Hamper

A pot-luck"hamper" containing all sorts of surplus food goodies such as chutneys, kombucha drinks, coconut oil, seeds, nuts, flours and flowers. This will have to be collected from one of our locations.

£50 or more

63 of 70 claimed

£50 Reward - Dinner for Two

Two tickets to a pop-up Junk Food "bistro" event in which our chefs will serve a three-course vegetarian/vegan meal using surplus food. The event will take place in the Junk Food Gardner St Cafe on a weekday evening tba.

£50 or more

£50 Reward - Pay Forward

For those who don't live in Brighton but would like to pay forward so we can feed twelve people.

£250 or more

6 of 8 claimed

£250 Reward - Private Dining Experience

A private dining experience for up to twelve people at the Junk Food Gardner St Cafe. The venue will be exclusively yours for the evening and we will serve you a three-course vegetarian/vegan meal created from surplus food.

£500 or more

5 of 6 claimed

£500 Reward - Private Dining Experience

A private dining experience for up to twnety-four people at the Junk Food Gardner St Cafe. The venue will be exclusively yours for the evening and we will serve you a three-course vegetarian/vegan meal created from surplus food.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Reward - Jungle Rumble Golf

A voucher for a couple to play Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf on Brighton Seafront

£30 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£30 Reward - Moshimo

A voucher to eat at Moshimo, Brighton's premier sushi and Japanese restaurant: one of the city’s most popular eating destinations. Underpinning everything at Moshimo is an ethos of serving only the freshest fish and seasonal ingredients available, prepared on site with skill, and a passion for creating elegant dishes that are bold in their simplicity.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward - Jungle Rumble Family Golf

A family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf on the Brighton Seafront.

£30 or more

20 of 20 claimed

£30 Reward - Cantina Supper Club

Brighton's leading supper club host Tina Horvath, aka Cantina, has offered to host a supper club in our new home. She'll devise a menu using surplus food for twenty lucky guests. Date tba (before 30 June 2020)

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward - Chilli Pickle

A voucher for the value of A King Thali Lunch at Chilli Pickle for two people with a glass of wine each (valid till 20 June 2020)

£250 or more

3 of 3 claimed

etch restaurant 7-course Tasting Menu

Here's a chance to experience the 7-course tasting menu at etch thanks to a generous donation by Steven Edwards, Masterchef winner and Chef/Proprietor of Etch Restaurant. Enjoy the best fine dining in Brighton and donate to our crowdfunder at the same time. Voucher valid till 12/12/2020.

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