Suddenly, a change of plans! Please share: The Real Junk Food Project – Chester will be doing a pop up at the Grosvenor Park this Saturday from 12 pm onwards! Join us for sandwiches, pastries, cakes and fun!
The three days of British Summer may have slowed us down a bit (not a big demand for pork roast lunches when it’s Pimms o’clock every hour in the sun), but we haven’t given up on sweetening the day of those in need.
During July, TRJFP Chester partnered up with the Holy Trinity Church in Blacon and donated food for their Summer Holiday Activities. The church is providing free meals every Monday and Thursday to children and their families in Blacon. Since some children rely on free school lunches, once school is out, that safety net is out of their reach. During the first day of the holiday activities, we made pizza under the guidance of Tesco health food advisors. We also took part in some highly satisfying crafting activities, helping children make photo frames and draw their faces on the paper tablecloths, all kindly organised by Ed Green, Trinity’s Outreach Co-Ordinator. The holiday club at the church is running at full steam through the month of August, as well, so pop in if you are in the area and give them a hand or sit down for a friendly chat with Sue over a cuppa and a snack. We guarantee that the strawberries are fresh and the fruit scones are divine.
Summer won’t be the same without a pop up in the park. So we are teaming up with Chester Pride again, this time sponsoring their cupcake decoration contest. That’s right – knowing how deliciously moist the giant muffins we provide are, we couldn’t help but enlist ourselves as judges in the contest. My children included, of course. It will be curious to see how many bites of chocolate on chocolate with chocolate chips can my three-year old son have before he storms out of the contest for a run around the park. That event is coming up on 13th August from 12-16 o’clock at the Grosvenor Park in Chester, so sign up for the cake icing competition, do stop by, make your own perfect cupcake and don’t forget to try our mini sandwiches and other baked delicacies. Pay as you feel, as always. See you there!
The Real Junk Food Project Chester has won the Local Hero Award in the Eco category. What an honour to have been chosen as one of the community-driven projects in the area amongst the many remarkable people who won in the other categories.
Find out who else won and see photos from the gala dinner and awards ceremony here: https://www.facebook.com/dee1063/posts/10153851072977199
Congratulations to all winners of awards at the Local Hero ceremony last night!
Thursday night saw the annual Dee106.3 local heroes awards at the Mercure hotel. Sponsored by Virgin money, and hosted by the Dee team, the awards celebrate exceptional and amazing people in the local area. This year saw a record number of nominations for the 11 categories.
Chester the Cat before the awards
Romans, The Town Crier and Ruth from the Dee team
Business of the year went to The Bren Project. The Hoole based social enterprise have set up a bike workshop and offers training and support to people with autism or learning difficulties. http://www.brenproject.org.uk/
The Eco award went to The Real Junk Food Project. The group who campaign against food waste run pop up cafes, cooking with food that would otherwise have been wasted. https://therealjunkfoodprojectchester.wordpress.com/
Outstanding Sports Person of the year went to Jim Green. The former sports reporter for the Chronicle won the award for his…
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The Real Junk Food Project Chester has been nominated for the Local Hero Award in the Eco category. We are going to find out if we won next Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed and your bins empty.
Father’s Day weekend is going to be a busy one for us. Saturday, 18th June, will see our stall at the Hoole Primary School Summer Fair from 1:30 pm. In the evening, we will move to the shades of Grosvenor Park in Chester to celebrate the Sounds of Pride 2016. The concert starts at 19:30 so too early for star gazing, but our star baked goods should be enough for a magical night out.
Then on Sunday, 19th June, we will host the usual pop-up at Wesley Church. Since it is also Father’s Day, all fathers who come in between 12:30 and 15:30 will receive a free coffee on the spot and a free takeaway pastry of their choice.
All welcome! Looking forward to sharing the love and the junk food with you!
Another yummy pop-up completed at Wesley Church. We arrived at the cafe late, as the Chester half-marathon that had taken place earlier on Sunday, had blocked off all central roads. But our worry that we wouldn’t be ready to feed the masses in time were soon dissipated by the nice weather, which seemed to have taken everyone hostage outside. We were looking forward to feeding hungry runners, but instead, it soon became clear that most people had chosen to stay out in the sun. Except for the lonely elderly lady who wished to remain anonymous and out of photos and who was so happy to have a cooked meal. We met her at the Family Fun Day in the Park pop-up last weekend where she enjoyed the muffins and lemonade we treated her to. She kept her promise and came to see us again. She sat at her table small and white, smitten by our attention but with a twinkle in her eye, clearly enjoying in quiet disbelief the roast dinner, bruschetti and bacons baps that we piled up in front of her. She told us that she didn’t bother cooking since she was alone. She offered her help when she finsihed, but we were just happy to see her eyes glowing and greeted her on her way home.
The church cafe stayed mostly quiet, which proved a welcome respite to the friends who came in next for a fragrant mushroom soup and ended up chatting the hours away over tea and pudding.
It was a very nice Sunday pop-up, indeed, and all food leftovers were taken to Richmond court in Hoole.
We are happy to report that we have expanded the range of foods we intercept, as we have now been offically listed on neighbourly.com. Patrons of the pop-ups should be seeing this translate into lovely fresh flower bouquets soon.
Last but not least, Bindi Patel, the super-amazing owner of Cushy Life by Bindi made us our very own The Real Junk Food Project Chester bunting. We’re ready for summer, is summer ready for us? Find out at Hoole Primary’s Summer Fair on 18th June. But first, come and listen to our sustainability talk at Chester Uni’s Green Tie Awards on 1st June.
Ellie and Galina will be cooking with food that they have procured from major Chester supermarkets. This food would otherwise have gone to waste. Thanks to the young entrepreneurs’ kitchen savviness, it will instead be given a chance to make its debut on your plate.
So come to Wesley Methodist Church’s Cafe at 8 St.John Street, CH1 1DA in Chester city centre on Friday. Doors open at 4:30 PM and close at 6:30 PM.
Meet Ellie, Galina and their families. Tell Andrew Herbert and the Reverend Neil Stacey how thankful you are to have a hot meal and good company on the first evening of the Easter holiday. Have a chat with Councillor Alex Black and Lady Janet Black, who will be gracing the event. Last but not least, donor stores’ representatives will be there to taste the fruit of their good deed of the day, so make sure you thank them, too.
And don’t forget to invite your friends to an evening bursting with flavour, good music and good vibes.
You don’t need to RSVP. You can pay for your meals in cash or in kind, by donating your talents, skills and time to the project. We count on your discretion and your support to make this event happen again a week from the 25th March.
Thank you for caring about food and helping us to prevent food waste!
Food waste has reached remarkable proportions globally.
One growing initiative that battles food waste on a macro level by partnering with major food producers and resellers and re-distributing food that would have otherwise been wasted, is The Real Junk Food Charitable Foundation.
The organisation encourages and supports the organic development of Pay As You Feel Cafes, where fresh, delicious meals are cooked from food intercepted from the landfill. At these cafes, food and drinks are served against voluntary donations of time, skills or money.
The Pay As You Feel Cafe in Chester is now operating on a pop-up basis, using the premises of the Commnity Hub & Cafe at Wesley Methodist Church in Chester.
The Co-Directors of The Real Junk Food Project – Chester, Ellie Seymour and Galina Nasteva, are looking forward to welcoming everyone who cares about preventing and reducing food waste. They cook from scratch and serve food donated by local supermarkets. Patrons are invited to pay for their food in cash or in kind, by offering their services, skills or time for volunteering with the project.
By choosing to eat at the Pay As You Feel Cafe of The Real Junk Food Project – Chester, you choose to feed people, not bins.
Let’s really feed the world!