The Real Junk Food Project Watford

by randomcafeuk in Watford, England, United Kingdom

The Real Junk Food Project Watford
We did it
On 4th September 2017 we successfully raised £870 with 25 supporters in 28 days

To open Watford's first waste food pay-as-you-feel cafe, to stamp out food waste in our city and provide hot nutritious meals for all.

by randomcafeuk in Watford, England, United Kingdom

The Real Junk Food Project Needs You!

Help us raise £4,000 to bring a thriving waste food cafe to Watford!!

The concept is a simple one:

We will legally intercept food (waste) from supermarkets, restaurants and other sources, cook it up into delicious meals, and serve them to anyone and everyone on a pay-as-you-feel basis.

Who are we?

Random Cafe TRJFP Watford is a not for profit project.  We aim to reduce food waste, campaign to make our food system fairer and more sustainable, and support our local community.  

In the UK 15 million tonnes of perfectly edible food ends up in landfill each year, some of it before even reaching supermarket shelves.

What are we going to do?

Our mission is simple - to feed bellies, not bins!!  We do this by working with local supermarkets, businesses, shops, food producers and farms - intercepting food that would otherwise be thrown away, reducing needless landfill and feeding hungry bellies with delicious food instead.

Random Cafe is something really different for our town,  it's about inclusion, community and sustainability.  We want to hold some pop up events in and around Watford.  We want to create a cool pop up  cafe and food boutique, where the food and atmosphere are great, a place where people want to be, where all of the meals just happen to be made from waste ingredients, and served on a pay-as-you-feel-basis.

Why are we doing this?

Supporting People

We want to create a social spaces for Watford with a great new concept; pay-as-you-feel.  At The Real Junk FoodProject Watford, absolutely all of our food is eaten on a pay-as-you-feel (PAYF) basis.  PAYF means that customers can offer a financial donation to the project of what they feel a meal is worth, give whatever they can, or can recognise the value of a meal by donating their time, energy, skills and support. The aim is to make a truly inclusive community space that will value the contribution of those who have little or no money - people before profits.

There are currently around 8 million people in the UK who are in poverty so deep that they can't afford enough food, let alone access healthy, nutritious food.  At the same time huge amounts of perfectly edible food is wasted. We think this is bonkers, and we want to fight to change it.

Supporting Our Planet

Random Cafe's aim is to reduce food waste, and its huge environmental impact.  Around 15 million tonnes of food is wasted each year in the UK alone, and the vast majority of that food is perfectly edible. When we waste food we also waste land, water, diesel used in farming, packaging, energy to refrigerate and so much more. The lowest carbon, most sustainable thing we can do with food that is going to go to waste is put it in a belly, any belly, rather than a bin, any bin (landfill, anaerobic digestion or compost).

What will the money be used for?

The Crowdfunder will pay to get the project up and running.  It will provide the money to rent premise, buy a small van and tea, coffee, sugar and any small items of equipement we haven't been able to source.  

How else can you help?

Every pledge and contribution is valuable to our project, but we know that people don't always have money to spare. If this is the case, there are lots of other ways that you can help us to continue to do great things in the community.

Donations of table clothes,  paper napkins, coffee, tea, sugar would also be gratefully received. Perhaps you know of a community hall that would like to donate there venue for a few hours a month on a saturday? Please let us know, or recommend us to people who might be able able to help out.

As we expand as an organisation, we'd like to continue to improve how we do things, how we manage what we do and how we communicate what we are up to. If you have skills in areas like social media, graphic design, communications, project management, fundraising etc please let us know know you'd like to contribute to what we do.

If you like what we are trying to do, be sure to tell your friends, family and colleagues about our project, keep in touch and share our posts on social media.  

You can join our Facebook community here - https://www.facebook.com/RandomCafe

And join us on Twitter @realjunkfoodwat

THANK YOU!!

Please help us reach our target by sharing our campaign!  We'd love it if you tell your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours about The Real Junk Food Project Watford and our goal to raise £4,000 to feed bellies not bins!  Share our Crowdfunder site in person, by email, on Facebook and Twitter or through any other means you can think of!!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

The High Five - Receive a huge thank you from the team at Random Cafe. We’ll also add your name to our website (coming soon) as a supporter of the project.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A big high five from one or more of the Random Cafe team; then when we open the cafe you can come and hand print and sign your name on the wall of fame and family.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

High five from one from the team, hand print and your name on the wall of fame and family, Each £25 donation gets you one seat at the restaurant for one of our bistro evenings, including main meal and dessert. Dates will be published on our Facebook page as soon as we’re ready to open.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Good food is always nicer when you can share. So not only will you get a big high five from one from the team, hand print and your name on the wall of fame and family, Each £50 donation gets you dinner for 2 at the restaurant for one of our bistro evenings, including main meal and dessert. Dates will be published on our Facebook page as soon as we’re ready to open.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A big high five from one or more of the Random Cafe team; then when we open the cafe you can come and hand print & sign your name on the wall of fame and family. PLUS An exclusive cooking workshop for you and four guests. Join us in the kitchen before sitting down and enjoy a three course tasty dinner.

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