Just Junk Food – a fascinating project

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.


Items for jewllery valuation

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.

No July meeting, see you in August

Just a reminder that there is not a monthly meeting this evening.  The next one is on Wednesday 23 August when 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.

Party Animals Evening success

Fiona Thompson, MHWI member, writes:

‘We had a great night encountering the exotic animals that The Party Animals Limited brought along to show us. Here are a few of the highlights:

‘First up were Gary the Crested Gecko and a beautiful Salmon Pink Bird Eater Tarantula. Some of our ladies had to stand well away from the tarantula but many were happy to hold him and admire his fantastic colouring. The animal handlers, Lee and Amanda, were very knowledgeable and experienced. Amanda explained that the Crested Gecko was thought to be extinct up until 1996 when it was rediscovered in Southern New Caledonia off the coast of Australia.

‘Next up was a Blue Tongued Skink from Australia who was a rescue animal and had a few toes missing from being kept with larger lizards. The Party Animals have quite a few rescue animals and they don’t tend to keep them in enclosures together except for when they are breeding. The Skink looked in the best of health now though, living on a diet of small rodents and insects.

‘Dave the Albino Python caused the biggest stir with some different ladies having to pop out of the room this time! We had plenty of volunteers to hold him though which was quite a feat as he weighs a stone and a half. He lives on a diet of rabbit and the heaviest python that the Party Animals have weighs over nine stone!

‘Once we had seen the reptiles, we also were treated to animals of a more cuddly variety, including a Raccoon (who was like a cuddly bear), a Meer cat (who giggled when tickled) and perhaps most unusually a Tenrec. A Tenrec is part of the elephant family but looks like a large shrew. It can have up to 32 in a litter (most of whom survive). It has prickles all over its back which can cause an allergic reaction so we couldn’t touch it though. Plenty of cuddles were had with the Raccoon instead! It was a fascinating evening!’

Monthly meeting tonight – Animal Friends

Get close up to friendly mammals, insects and reptiles and learn more about our fellow species.  Maybe your chance to overcome any fears and even make some unusual friends.  https://www.thepartyanimals.org/See you at the Congregational Church, Bowden Lane, Market Harborough this evening 7.30 pm.

Wednesday evening’s monthly meeting

  • For June’s social, can monies please be brought to Wednesday’s meeting. This will be a fab trip aboard the ‘Vagabond II’ from Foxton to Smeeton Westerby – approx. 2 hr 20mins. Friday 9th June at 7.00pm (PEOPLE MUST GET THERE BY 6.45PM AT THE LATEST). £10 pp (£5 child). Bring a picnic if you’d like! Please see Evanda for any queries
  • Bring a pen and any shaped biscuit cutters with you for the craft session, too.