Welcome

Welcome to Rainbow Junk-tion – the All Hallows’ Cafe.

This cafe is part of The Real Junk Food Project network and aims to reduce food waste, feed hungry people and build community. You can read more about our aims here.

The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into healthy, nutritious meals for anyone and everyone on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis.

Menu

  • Menu 16th February 2017

    The Syrian Kitchen is full of surprises again today! Chadi Chadi SYRIAN COMMUNITY OF LEEDS الجالية السورية بليدز/ بريطانية is cooking up a storm and it smells super. Whatever it is 🙂 We’re also holding a Big Conversation about how to #EndHungerUK thanks to Leeds Student Christian Movement Emma Temple and Sarah Derbyshire and Church Action on Poverty Lydia Groenewald. AND we’re being joined by awesome Abdul Hannan Luu and team from Leeds University Union for lunch later. Hurray! Please come join us for some or all the fun- and help us #buildbridgesnotwalls and #feedbelliesnotbins

 

About

We take food that would otherwise be destined for the bin even though it is perfectly OK and we turn it into wholesome meals. We don’t know what food we will have each morning so we always have the challenge of how to create an amazing meal within the limitations of the food that  turns up.

Projects like The Real Junk Food Project can only run because of it’s volunteers and the Rainbow Junk-tion Café is no exception. We have an amazing group of volunteers already but if you would like to join them then why not drop into the café and speak to us.

Here are some of the things that you might do as a volunteer:

  • act as a waiter / waitress in serving our customers
  • help prepare or cook food in the kitchen
  • if you are a chef or aspire to be one then you might help with preparing the menu – you will need to be creative as you never know what food we might have intercepted!
  • help TRJFP with collecting intercepted food
  • distribute leaflets, posters or generally advertise the café, the project and what it is all about
  • help with the website and social media
  • oh, and washing up, emptying the bins, cleaning the floor and all those other “nice” jobs!

Among other things we offer our volunteers the opportunity to gain food hygiene qualifications and to have a lot of fun together!

If you want to volunteer or find out more please contact us via the contact page.

Aims

Our three main aims are:

  • to reduce food waste
  • to reduce food poverty
  • to build community

Reducing Food Waste

Between 30% and 50% of all food produced ends up being wasted. Some of this food has involved huge amounts of time, energy, care, fertilisers, pesticides, and money to produce. Then it’s been processed and transported half way round the world for it to be rejected and sent to landfill. This is seen by some of us as criminal when so many people are starving and when we are also concerned about Climate Change.

By intercepting waste food and using it to help feed people we aim to reduce food waste and to educate ourselves and others about how unsustainable this is.

Reducing Food Poverty

There is more than enough food being produced to feed everyone in the world! Some people calculate that we produce 150% of our food requirements globally. It’s just that it is not distributed fairly. By intercepting waste and using it to feed people on a Pay As You Feel basis we aim to reduce food poverty without taking away people’s pride.

Building Community

Many of our communities have been devastated over the years. We are encouraged to think of “them” and “us” and to fear “them”. By bringing people from all walks of life together around a table of food, side by side in the kitchen and working together to reduce food waste and food poverty “we” hope to build better community where “we” can trust and support each other.

Blog

Supermarkets and food waste

In this Guardian article Tristram Stuart makes it clear just how powerful supermarkets are and that the supermarkets should be reducing waste by changing their inefficient systems rather than just “dumping” the food onto charities. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/feb/03/supermarkets-food-waste-charities-tesco-sainsburys-fairshare

Menu 16th February 2017

The Syrian Kitchen is full of surprises again today! Chadi Chadi SYRIAN COMMUNITY OF LEEDS الجالية السورية بليدز/ بريطانية is cooking up a storm and it smells super. Whatever it is 🙂 We’re also holding a Big Conversation about how to #EndHungerUK thanks to Leeds Student Christian Movement Emma Temple and Sarah Derbyshire and Church …