Members eagerly sampled a variety of foods made from unwanted food items, prepared by the team of volunteers at The Real Junk Food Project based in St Andrews Road, off Hinckley Road, Leicester.
Alison and Bobby, supported by volunteer Director Ash, began theIr talk with a poem about food waste and then went on to give us some startling figures: 20% of food is wasted in households, costing approximately £60, 5.8 million people in the U.K are in food poverty and 15 million tonnes of food are wasted each year.
With those thought provoking figures in mind, Bobby and Alison talked passionately about their rationale for setting up their project, how they obtain food donations regularly from a local, well known supermarket, wholesale fruit and veg market and international food shops. The menu in their ‘pay as you feel’ cafe depends entirely on donated ingredients and recipes are agreed during daily banter in the kitchen. Dried fish from Africa proved an unusual challenge but results in a very tasty fish stew. Alison described some of the social outcomes of the project, including meeting with others at the cafe when coming to eat, volunteering and offering skills, such as the painted van in the picture. Nothing is wasted, even plastic plates and cutlery are washed and used again and vegetable peelings are composted.
Make sure you put your name down for these events this evening (full details):
- PaintPottle on Wednesday 30th August
- Skittles night + meal – Friday 22 September
- Hairspray on Wednesday 18th October
- Waterfront – Cocktail night – Wednesday 8th November
Bring your cheque book or cash tonight to reserve your seats for Hairspray at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 18th October, at The Curve in Leicester, our social event for that month.
The seats are on row B6-17 of the Circle and are priced at £30.00 each, or £27.50 if over 60.
Ash from the Real Junk Food Project will be talking about Cafe Culture with Junk Food: how supermarket waste food is turned into profits as their pay-as-you-feel cafe. Sample some delicious food, too.
See you at 7.30 pm in the Congregational Church, Bowden Lane.
At this month’s meeting we shall be asking members’ opinions and ideas on what they enjoy about our successful WI (now completing its sixth year), as well as suggestions you might have for speakers, socials, etc. So, thinking caps on, and bring along all those ideas!
Do you have a piece of jewellery you would like valuing? If so, then a speaker from Thornton’s Jewellery will be giving a talk at our October meeting. A number of items, selected randomly from those put forward by MHWI members, will be valued.
If you are interested in having an item valued, then let a Committee Member know at this week’s monthly meeting.
Check out the L&R Fed page for new events, including an additional opportunity to go to the Harrogate Christmas Market on Saturday 18 November as an additional coach is now picking up from Uppingham and Oakham.