Since publishing late in August of 2015 this post has been viewed by more people than anything else I’ve ever published. Strong evidence of how welcome this new café is in Liverpool. However, as our Real Junk Food Café is only open at the weekends for now, most of these blog views have happened when readers couldn’t show their support by actually going to the café. So as the weekend arrives let’s put that right? See you there.
If you’ve been reading this blog since we visited the founding Real Junk Food Project in Leeds you might remember that in one of the richest economies on earth we’re throwing away 35% of our food, in a country where austerity politics is causing many people to go needlessly hungry. And so a movement has started that is intercepting this food at the moment it is pointlessly thrown away – and retrieving it on behalf of us all.
Welcome to the Real Junk Food Project, Liverpool.
And yes, as you can probably tell, it’s raining heavily. So what? Your children won’t get any less hungry because it’s raining outside.
Just outside the City Centre, in fact.
So’s you know where it is.
As you may remember from where this all started in Armley, Leeds – we’re questioning everything here. How we care for each other, what we value in life, and what we allow to be thrown away just to maintain the commodity costs in the market place we’re all supposed to bow down and worship?
From all kinds of local suppliers with food left over. Even from people’s allotments. And yes, I’ve turned up early. So these people in the photos with Natalie and Gabby are all the team who’ve got Real Junk Food Liverpool ready to run.
Meat, vegetarian and vegan, ideally. But of course it depends on what they can get, what they can stop from going to waste. So if you run a shop, a wholesalers, a café or a restaurant and you’ve got food left over? Or even if you’ve got an allotment and you’ve grown more than you can eat? Well you know now who needs it.
Natalie and Gabby both have full-time jobs. So Real Junk Food Liverpool is just operating on Saturdays and Sundays for now. Yes, that’s right, it means the pair of them are working all the time.
So let’s get behind this. Real Junk Food Liverpool.
So big thanks to Riverside for the space and the kitchen. And if this doesn’t seem the obvious place in Liverpool to open a café, consider this:
Far above the city streets we care for and cook for each other. And in saving what would otherwise be wasted, we change the world.
10 to 5 on Saturdays
11 til 4 on Sundays
Real Junk Food Liverpool