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‘Tuk In’, a mobile community café is a quirky, innovative, environmentally friendly way of working to tackle food poverty and food waste.

by CFINE (Community Food Initiatives North east) in Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We are over funding!!!!! 

If we can raise another £3,000 we will be able to pay for all of the bits and pieces to get the Tuk In out and on the road.

Help us raise our new target, with your support Tuk In could be buzzing about the streets in no time at all.

Tuk In

Tuk In mobile cafe, an electric Tuk Tuk kitted out as a food vendor, will use in date food that would have otherwise been sent to landfill to create delicious, healthy, low cost meals prepared by volunteers in our community kitchen. The meals will then go out to areas of high food poverty and food insecurity, this will be backed up by selling food to business's around Aberdeen with the profit raised being put back into the charity to support the community side and to employ two part time staff. 

                              Fresh red peppers saved from landfill could be used in the creation of healthy meals.


"As many as 8.4 million families in the UK struggle to put food on the table – and yet, 7.3 million tonnes of food waste ends up in landfills each year." Independent, Tuesday 10 January 2017.

Food Poverty and food insecurity.

According to the Independent we waste 7.3 million tonnes of food each year. In some areas of Aberdeen 1 in 3 children grow up in povertyCFINE  (Community Food Initiatives North East) sees Tuk-In as a way of strengthening CFINE’s social impact by improving health and well-being and will benefit low income individual people, families and communities across the NE.  We will also create employment in the medium to long term. 

Tu In is a way of strengthening CFINE’s social impact by improving health and well-being and will benefit low income individual people, families and communities across the NE.

CFINE is the lead partner in Food Poverty Action Aberdeen (FPAA, 65 partners) and runs its own food bank from its premises in Poynernook Road, Aberdeen where we will distribute 12,000 emergency food parcels in 2017; people are dealing with hunger and food insecurity as a part of their everyday lives. Tuk In can and will play its part in lessening this, we will work with communities around the city to deliver fresh, healthy, tasty food to some of the areas that face the worst deprivation.

FoodBank at CFINE where people living with poverty will receive 12,000 emergency food parcels this year, this is up from 10,000 in 2016. 

Food Waste and Environmental Impact

The produce for distribution through CFINE’s food bank is generated through public and corporate donations and FareShare, a UK wide scheme which diverts food from landfill – in 2017, CFINE, through these routes, will generate 500 tonnes saving 250 tonnes of carbon emissions. This produce not only supplies our food bank but we support 170 partners in the NE which in turn make the produce accessible to people in food poverty.  500 tonnes equates to 1.2 million meals with a modest value of £1.5million. 

So much already being saved, but so much more to do!

Tuk In mobile community cafe, will utilise an electric Tuk Tuk so its environmental impact will be as low as it can possibly be.


Volunteers busy sorting through delivery from FareShare, it'll be on someones plate soon.

The redirected food received by CFINE will be prepared in ‘Cook at the ‘Nook’, CFINE’s community training kitchen, by trained volunteers who we would then aim to employ with finance raised through enterprise sales.

Cook at the 'Nook CFINE's community kitchen. Volunteers would prepare hot meals that would then be distributed around community hubs.

Delicious food made from redirected surplus food. From left; Indian banquet, Spicy Five Bean Chilli, and Chana Masala. All made in our community kitchen 'Cook at the 'Nook'.

These foods will then be transported to specific areas of need in and around the city on specially built low carbon tuk-tuk’s and sold at either low or no cost, this will in turn be supported by the Tuk In visiting business premises around Aberdeen selling meals on a Pay-As-You-Feel basis with the profits being put back in to support the charity side.

What people think

"Very happy to donate to this project. CFINE is a great organisation, and this is a really innovative idea to address the real issues that those in food poverty face. In a work capacity, the Fairer Aberdeen Board has contributed £5000 to Tuk In. CFINE consistently deliver initiatives to provide healthy affordable food in disadvantaged areas." Susan ThomsFairer Aberdeen Fund coordinator.

"Things are tough right now, people are really struggling to make ends meet, this could really make a difference to some folk."  Julie Cooper 

"I started volunteering with CFINE after I used the foodbank, and the experience has helped me to get back on my feet, Tuk In could provide a great opportunity for some volunteers" Mark

"Good luck with yet another exciting project! Have you considered making it a steam-powered TukTuk?.... waste heat recovery could be used for the cooking!!" Howard Cook

"Looking forward to my first delicious soup!"   Leofric and Ros Studd

The Idea

The idea was originally generated by a group of Aberdeen students taking part in the Student Innovation programme, CityLab. CityLab is a Partnership between Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen University & Robert Gordon University.  It is an accredited student innovation programme that takes 3rd & 4th year students from both Universities through a 10 week human centred design course.   It uses the city as the classroom and allows the students to focus on city challenges and come up innovative tangible solutions.

Tuk-in came about by looking at how we could reduce food waste and food poverty in the City – the obvious partners to this solution was CFINE.   

What we will spend your cash on

We will use the £12,000 to buy a Tuk Tuk, if we reach our target before the appeal is finished we will stretch the target in order to buy the basic equipment that we will need to kit 'Tuk In' out and to provide training and accreditation for our volunteers.   

Lets make this happen.

We need your support to make this idea a reality.  We intend that this quirky, innovative method of tackling food poverty will be the first of many seen around Aberdeen, then Scotland, then the UK, and who knows it might end up international. 

If you donate £50 or more you will receive a voucher for a cooking class in our kitchen. These are run by professional chefs and range from Scottish fine dining to Italian cooking and can be the ideal birthday gift for the person who has everything. And of course there will be an opportunity for backers to come in and volunteer with us for a day, who could resist.


We will keep you up to date with our progress, so please do pop back to find out any news.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

ALL donors will be offered the opportunity to volunteer for 0.5/1 day at CFINE – an offer you cannot refuse!

£5 or more

£5 Reward

You will receive a CFINE fruit/veg voucher worth 5% of the value of your donation, up to a value of £25.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

• Donors giving £50 or more will receive a voucher for a free cooking lesson (Italian, Indian, Morrocan, Scottish Fare).

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