The Pay-Whatever-You-Feel-Like Manchester Cafe Fighting The Stigma Of Food Banks



By Louise Rhind-Tutt in iNews.

This month sees the launch of the first restaurant from Real Junk Food Manchester – a not-for-profit project sourcing perfectly edible food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, wholesalers, and other food businesses. Around 15 million tonnes of edible food is wasted every year in the UK alone With a focus on health and nutrition, meals at the new cafe will be served on a pay-as-you-feel basis. According to Corin Bell, Director of Real Junk Food Project Manchester, this isn’t a food poverty project, but rather an inclusive model that deliberately bucks the recent trend towards food banks.

‘Everyone deserves access to good food’ “A number of other projects that target people in food poverty also end up continuing to isolate and segregate them.” The project, says Bell, is about reducing the huge environmental impact of food waste while promoting the belief that everyone deserves access to good food. “In order for a project like ours to be truly inclusive it needs to attract a wide range of people from a huge range of backgrounds, including those who have disposable income and choices about who they support as a consumer.”

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