New pop-up cafe set up by Crick-based volunteers to sell food “rescued” from landfill

Northampton's Fruitful Abundance visit the original Real Junk Food Cafe Project in Leeds NNL-150126-172014001
Northampton's Fruitful Abundance visit the original Real Junk Food Cafe Project in Leeds NNL-150126-172014001
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Volunteers from Crick will be opening up a pop-up cafe offering dishes made out of food taken from damaged packages not fit to be sold in supermarkets.

Fruitful Abundance, group affiliated to the Real Junk Food Project is opening the temporary cafe at the Looking Glass Theatre in Northampton on February 14.

The cafe will serve cakes and biscuits made from ingredients that have been “rescued” from landfill in a bid to reduce food waste.

Customers will be able to decide how much they want to pay after eating the food.

Fruitful Abundance, which was created last year, aims to reduce the waste of quality food. Co-founder Shena Cooper said: “Warehouses in Crick that supply food to the major supermarkets buy food in bulk packages, but if that package is at all damaged then the whole lot has to be taken to landfill, even though the food is fine.

“It really is heartbreaking. In December alone, over £43,000 of food was wasted, and £39,000 has already been wasted this month.

“So we have been essentially rescuing a lot of this food by intercepting it and using it.”

Mrs Cooper said, after eating their meal, customers could decide how much they wanted to pay or she wanted or contribute in other ways, such as helping with the washing up.

The group plan to open a more permanent Real Junk Food Cafe with full cooking facilities, which they will name ‘Elsie’s’, in the Labour Club in Charles Street in the town centre by spring this year.

But as well as the cafes, Fruitful Abundance plenty of ideas about how to to educate people about how to avoid waste including a seed swap event on February 14.