The Real Junk Food Project
The Real Junk Food Project, Birmingham (TRJFPB) was founded in 2014 with the aim to feed bellies not bins. They divert edible food waste from landfills and turn it into delicious and nutritious meals. Volunteers redistributed 6 tonnes of food every week!
Who are The Real Junk Food Project, Birmingham?
The idea behind TRJFPB is to highlight and challenge the issue of food waste whilst creating an inclusive environment for people to come together and eat. Food waste is a growing concern in the UK with up to 4.2 million tonnes of avoidable food waste being created a year. That’s £12.5 billion worth of food that could have been eaten! Food waste has a huge environmental impact when you take into consideration the resources used to grow and distribute this food and then dispose of it!
The Real Junk Food Project hold regular cafes all over the city, serving over 2,000 meals a month. Operating on a ‘’pay as you feel’’ basis, where customers can contribute whatever they can whether that be money, time or skills towards the success of the project. TRJFPB even have a share house, providing perfectly edible food to people that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill or an incinerator! Can’t make it to the shops? You can order a ”freegan” box of food for collection at one of their hubs.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
With your support, a £2,000 grant will go towards the recruitment of a Project Co-ordinator, who will manage the day-to-day operations of The Real Junk Food Project. Managing logistics of the organisation and overseeing the supervision of employees and volunteers. This will help TRJFPB secure a better future and allow it to continue to grow.