Cafe selling food “rescued” from landfill to open in Northampton...and customers choose how much to pay

Northampton's Fruitful Abundance visit the original Real Junk Food Cafe Project in Leeds
Northampton's Fruitful Abundance visit the original Real Junk Food Cafe Project in Leeds

A pop-up cafe offering dishes made out of food taken from damaged packages not fit to be sold in supermarkets will be opening in Northampton next month.

A group affiliated to the Real Junk Food Project, which started in Leeds, is opening the temporary cafe at the Looking Glass Theatre in Derngate 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.

The project is being run by Fruitful Abundance, a Crick-based volunteer group aiming to bring individuals, communities and businesses together to reduce wasting quality food.

Co-founder of the group, which was created last year, 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 have all sorts of ideas to educate people about how to avoid waste.

On February 14, the group will be holding a Seedy Saturday seed swap that people can visit, even if they don’t have their own seeds to give.