A campaign has been launched to open a cafe in Preston which offers food to customers that would have been thrown away.Advertisement
All dishes are served on a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ basis, meaning customers can either pay with cash or donate their time.
Waste food supplies are donated from supermarkets, allotments, local businesses and green grocers.
The sustainable food hub would be the first of its kind to come to Preston.
The Larder (Lancashire and Region Dietary Education Resource) and the Preston Food Partnership are working together to bring The Real Junk Food Project to the city.
The Real Junk Food Project is a UK-wide anti-food waste project which aims to fight food poverty and food waste.
Watch: The Larder team pitch
It’s reported that 15 million tonnes of food is thrown away each year in the UK.
The campaign has so far been backed my Preston City Council leader Peter Rankin.
Speaking to The Larder team, the councillor said it was a terrific idea.
“You’ll find these cafes in Manchester and they are what we need in Preston, I am in very much support of this idea.”
Whilst the cafe welcomes everyone, the idea behind the project is to ensure no-one in the city goes hungry and to help the vulnerable and needy.
Lancashire police recently reported an increase in shoplifting cases where people are stealing grocery items, due to not being able to afford to eat.
The Salvation Army has also seen a huge rise in demand for help from food banks.
If you’d like to donate or get involved, you can visit the Crowdfunder page or visit the Facebook page.