I volunteer with Redwing CIC, a not-for-profit social enterprise arts and social space in Penzance, Cornwall and a new Redwing Housing Cooperative.
I would like to trial monthly pay-as-you-feel community meals in the art gallery at the Redwing. These will be events where people will be able to socialise and eat healthy food in a relaxed restaurant in a gallery setting without the pressure of a price list.
Although there are projects locally which provide free food for the homeless I know that there are people who would feel uncomfortable and embarrassed asking for charity and others who are struggling but not necessarily homeless.
There are also people who may be better off financially but who live alone, feel isolated and who do not bother to cook properly just for themselves.
The pay-as-you-feel community meal project will mix things up and remove any stigma and preconceptions as people will donate anonymously what they can for their meal. In addition to eating healthy food, we will be creating a beautiful space where people can look at art, meet new people and socialise.
What will we do?
The venue is lined up; the homely and attractive art gallery at the Redwing in Penzance is donating it’s space.
We will reduce food waste locally by collecting and using donations of excess food from nearby supermarkets, producers and the community.
Excess food donations are great, but we will need to buy staples
Our target of £500 will purchase store cupboard essentials which, when put together with the excess food donations, will create delicious plant-based meals.
We will need to purchase cooking and salad oil, pasta, flour, sugar,
Volunteers will create a pay-as-you-feel pop-up restaurant for up to 20 local people in each month for a year.
We plan to provide a Christmas dinner to people who might otherwise feel lonely at Christmas.