Mcr's first waste food catering social enterprise!

by Corin Bell - Real Junk Food Mcr in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England

Creating Manchester's first waste food catering social enterprise. Rescuing more food waste, offering access to great food for all.

by Corin Bell - Real Junk Food Mcr in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England

We did it
On 30th October 2018 we successfully raised £57,902 with 304 supporters in 57 days

New stretch target

Firstly, the biggest thank you in the world to everyone who has supported us!! Kermit the Frog was right, it's not easy being green! But lovely humans like you make it possible! 


Following some match funding from the M&S Energy Fud, we have decided to set a small additional stretch target, to take us up to £60,000. The additional funds will be used to purchase extra equipment for the kitchen, including some upgraded induction hobs, which will help us to use less energy in cooking! We hope that people will continue to support us over our final week, and far more than the money, we'd like as many people as possible to be part of our crowd. It doesn't matter whether you give £5 or £500, the support for the project, and knowing that we're doing something practical and aspirational for our city, means the world! 


Massive thanks to everyone at Team Real Junk Food Mcr / Team Open Kitchen MCR!!


The team that brought you Manchester’s first waste food pay-as-you-feel restaurant (Real Junk Food Manchester), is now working to open our city’s first waste food catering social enterprise, and we’re calling it… Open Kitchen MCR.


The aim…. to stop even more food from going to waste, to make even more great meals for anyone and everyone in our city, and to help even more people to gain skills and experience in catering and hospitality!

Open Kitchen MCR will offer a range of outside catering services, all using food that would otherwise go to waste, including hot meals, buffets, canapés and much more. The new venture aims to offer professional catering services to corporate and private clients, while working with community and charity partners to continue to offer access to not just enough food, but great food, to everyone who wants or needs it, regardless of income.

The core of the project’s mission remains the same - rescue food that would otherwise go to waste, transform it into beautiful meals and dishes, and support everyone in our city in accessing great food. But that mission is evolving. We’re amazingly proud of having opened and operated Manchester’s first waste food pay-as-you-feel restaurant for a year, and we’re ready to do more!


The new venture will use a different type of economic sharing model. Rather than pay-as-you-feel, which operated at the restaurant, the new venture will offer a range of pricing packages that will mean corporate customers will subsidise our work with community and charity partners. So, companies and individuals who choose our catering service will not only be choosing a sustainable option, they will also be supporting Manchester communities.

Manchester’s first waste food pay-as-you-feel restaurant was open for 50 weeks, and in that time we stopped 34,339 kilos (or just over 34 metric tonnes) of food from going to waste, and served 29,128 meals to people from all walks of life across our city.




Why take the plunge into catering?

Lowering our city’s carbon footprint;
Opening a new larger venture will allow us to rescue even more food from being wasted! For every tonne of food that we stop from going to landfill, we stop 4.2 tonnes of CO2e from being emitted. Food waste rotting in landfill releases huge amounts of methane, which is 25 times worse for climate change than carbon dioxide. The lowest carbon, most sustainable thing we can do with food that will otherwise go to waste is put it in a belly, not a bin.

A recent study by the UN FAO showed that the carbon footprint of wasted food currently stands at 3.3 gigatonnes, which means that if food waste was a country, it would be the 3rd highest carbon emitter on the planet after the US and china!

Helping businesses and organisations to lower their carbon footprint;
The catering offer from Open Kitchen MCR will be unique in our city and will be the lowest carbon, most sustainable catering it’s possible to order! By offering this service we will be able to help more businesses and organisations in Manchester and beyond to lower their carbon footprints and make more sustainable choices around food.

Supporting vulnerable people across the city;
We have LOVED running the Real Junk Food Manchester restaurant, but are very aware that not everyone can get into the city centre. By starting a catering social enterprise we will be able to produce more meals, and work with charity and community partners to provide more meals to more people across the city.

Supporting more people to access training and to get back into work;
Over the last year running the restaurant, and for 18 months before that as a pop-up operation, we have worked with literally hundreds of volunteers. Working in a fixed location in our city centre restaurant has allowed more people to come and volunteer with us, and has allowed us to start to work with support organisations from around the city-region to offer volunteer placements. We have become aware that we are in a unique position to offer vocational training and back to work support. We want to build on this and offer more structured training and support to people who are struggling to find work. We believe that we can help more people to train, learn new skills, build confidence and find work in the food, drink and hospitality sector.

Trialling new innovative projects;
Having a larger commercial kitchen will allow us to develop a range of pilot projects around reducing food waste, supporting vulnerable adults with more nutritious meals, training and skills, and much more.



What will the money be used for?

We’ve found the space, a currently disused commercial kitchen in South Manchester. As ever with our team we’re stamping out waste, upcycling, making do and mending where ever we can. We’re taking on a disused commercial kitchen and bringing it back into action. The funds raised will be used to;

  • Fix up a large commercial kitchen
  • Replace some pieces of equipment that are beyond repair
  • Buy smaller equipment needed to run a catering business safely
  • Get some education, engagement and marketing materials designed and made


We hope that you will agree that this is something incredibly positive for our city, and we hope we have proven through the Real Junk Food Mcr restaurant that we can make it work!

Help us build the next phase of our waste food venture, and be part of team Open Kitchen MCR.


Full details of our "Sustainable Catering Packages" can be found HERE.


Music: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£275 or more

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Waste food supper club!

Host a waste food supper club in your own home for up to 10 people! Invite your friends round for a dinner party with a difference, as our amazing chefs create a waste food feast in your own home and serve each course! Real Junk Food Mcr will provide all food and chefs, you provide the drinks and guests! Veggie, vegan & gluten free options. Events must be booked in advance. Additional charges for events more than 10 miles outside Mcr.

£5 or more

Mega-thanks!

Receive a huge thank you from the team at Real Junk Food Manchester, and get your name added to the supporters page of our website! So, basically, fame.

£15 or more

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Luxury "misshapes"chocolates!

A 250g bag containing a delightful assortment of "misshapes" of Beech's Fine Chocolates of Preston. Enjoy luxury chocolates, while knowing you stopped food waste! We'll also add your name to our supporters page. Additional charges will apply for postage outside mainland UK.

£15 or more

Waste food jam, chutney or pickle!

A jar of our very own “This Is Rubbish” waste food jam, chutney, pickle or preserve (vegan & gluten free options available). Made from 100% wasted food ingredients by our own lovely chefs. We’ll also add your name to the supporters page of our website!

£20 or more

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Hug in a (sustainable) mug!

Your very own limited edition “Real Junk Food Manchester” sustainable bamboo reusable coffee mug! Available in a range of colours, printed with the project name, and tagline, “feed bellies not bins!” We’ll also add your name to the supporters page of our website!

£20 or more

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NEW! Open Kitchen MCR Sustainable Travel Mug!

NEW! Grab your very own limited edition “Open KItchen MCR” sustainable bamboo reusable coffee mug! Available in a range of colours. The perfect eco-accessory for coffee (or tea if you're into that sort of thing) on the go! We’ll also add your name to the supporters page of our website!

£50 or more

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Sustainable gift bundle!

A little bundle of loveliness… A jar of waste food jam AND chutney, one of our branded reusable sustainable bamboo travel mugs, and a bag of beautiful ethical coffee or tea curtesy of the wonderful Second City Coffee. Additional charges may apply for delivery more than 10 miles outside Manchester. We’ll also add your name to the supporters page of our website!

£50 or more

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"Painthoven" statue

A rather stylish piece of history! A staple piece of upcycled decoration at our waste food restaurant. Image can be found here - (https://www.realjunkfoodmanchester.co.uk/rjfm-painthoven-01/) Statue will be delivered but additional charges will apply for delivery more than 10 miles from Manchester. (only 1 available)

£50 or more

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“Velo-dermy” wall art!

A rather stylish piece of history! A staple piece of upcycled decoration at our waste food restaurant. This upcycled bicycle wall hanging is our vegan answer to taxidermy - all the style, none of the innards! Image can be found here - (https://www.realjunkfoodmanchester.co.uk/rjfm-velodermy-02/) Item will be delivered but additional charges will apply for delivery more than 10 miles from Manchester. (only 2 available)

£100 or more

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Gourmet “waste food” picnic hamper!

A gourmet picnic hamper, delivered to your door, made entirely from food that would have gone to waste. Perfect for your next day out, picnic or garden party. Each hamper includes an array of snacks and freshly prepared cold dishes to tempt your tastebuds. Each hamper serves 4 people. Veggie, vegan & gluten free options available. Hampers must be booked in advance. Additional charges may apply for delivery more than 10 miles outside Manchester.

£150 or more

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Sustainable Catering Package - £150

The most sustainable catering you could possibly order! Choose from either our standard package (a selection of cold dishes, savoury & sweet options) for up to 15 guests, or our luxury package (a wider selection of dishes, served hot and/or cold, savoury & sweet options) for up to 10 guests. Veggie, vegan & gluten free options. A range of catering packages, including bespoke packages, also offered. See bottom of project description for link.

£150 or more

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Gourmet “waste food” picnic hamper with bubbles!

A gourmet picnic hamper, delivered to your door, made entirely of food that would have gone to waste. Perfect for your next day out, picnic or garden party. Each hamper includes an array of lovely snacks and freshly prepared cold dishes, & 2 bottles of organic vegan Prosecco. Each hamper serves 4. Veggie, vegan & gluten free options available. Must be booked in advance. Additional charges for delivery more than 10 miles outside Manchester.

£250 or more

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Sustainable Catering Package - £250

The most sustainable catering you could possibly order! Choose from either our standard package (a selection of cold dishes, savoury & sweet options) for up to 25 guests, or our luxury package (a wider selection of dishes, served hot and/or cold, savoury & sweet options) for up to 20 guests. Veggie, vegan & gluten free options. A range of catering packages, including bespoke packages, also offered. See bottom of project description for link.

£400 or more

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Sustainable Catering Package - £400

The most sustainable catering you could possibly order! Choose from either our standard package (a selection of cold dishes, savoury & sweet options) for up to 40 guests, or our luxury package (a wider selection of dishes, served hot and/or cold, savoury & sweet options) for up to 30 guests. Veggie, vegan & gluten free options. A range of catering packages, including bespoke packages, also offered. See bottom of project description for link.

£600 or more

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Sustainable Catering Package - £600

The most sustainable catering you could possibly order! Choose from either our standard package (a selection of cold dishes, savoury & sweet options) for up to 60 guests, or our luxury package (a wider selection of dishes, served hot and/or cold, savoury & sweet options) for up to 40 guests. Veggie, vegan & gluten free options. A range of catering packages, including bespoke packages, also offered. See bottom of project description for link.

£750 or more

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Sustainable Catering Package - £750

The most sustainable catering you could possibly order! Choose from either our standard package (a selection of cold dishes, savoury & sweet options) for up to 75 guests, or our luxury package (a wider selection of dishes, served hot and/or cold, savoury & sweet options) for up to 50 guests. Veggie, vegan & gluten free options. A range of catering packages, including bespoke packages, also offered. See bottom of project description for link.

£850 or more

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Upcycled cast iron bath sofa

A rather stylish piece of history! A central feature at our city centre restaurant, this upcycled sofa is made from a cast iron bath, upcycled by our own lovely team with expert help from @maker_of_things. Cushions made from upcycled coffee sacking. Image here - (https://www.realjunkfoodmanchester.co.uk/rjfm-bathsofa-01/) Bath sofa will be delivered (it weighs A LOT) but additional charges will apply for delivery more than 10 miles from Mcr.

£1,000 or more

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Sustainable Catering Package - £1,000

The most sustainable catering you could possibly order! Choose from either our standard package (a selection of cold dishes, savoury & sweet options) for up to 100 guests, or our luxury package (a wider selection of dishes, served hot and/or cold, savoury & sweet options) for up to 65 guests. Veggie, vegan & gluten free options. A range of catering packages, including bespoke packages, also offered. See bottom of project description for link.

£1,500 or more

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Sustainable Catering Package - £1,500

The most sustainable catering you could possibly order! Choose from either our standard package (a selection of cold dishes, savoury & sweet options) for up to 150 guests, or our luxury package (a wider selection of dishes, served hot and/or cold, savoury & sweet options) for up to 100 guests. Veggie, vegan & gluten free options. A range of catering packages, including bespoke packages, also offered. See bottom of project description for link.

£2,500 or more

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Sustainable Catering Package - £2,500

The most sustainable catering you could possibly order! Choose from either our standard package (a selection of cold dishes, savoury & sweet options) for up to 250 guests, or our luxury package (a wider selection of dishes, served hot and/or cold, savoury & sweet options) for up to 200 guests. Veggie, vegan & gluten free options. A range of catering packages, including bespoke packages, also offered. See bottom of project description for link.

£5,000 or more

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Sustainable Catering Package - £5,000

The most sustainable catering you could possibly order! Choose from either our standard package (a selection of cold dishes, savoury & sweet options) for up to 500 guests, or our luxury package (a wider selection of dishes, served hot and/or cold, savoury & sweet options) for up to 400 guests. Veggie, vegan & gluten free options. A range of catering packages, including bespoke packages, also offered. See bottom of project description for link.

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