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The Real Junk Food Project Liverpool: Phase Two

First, some background. This café and social enterprise is part of the Real Junk Food Project, a now global movement that was started in Armley in Leeds, where this blog visited back in the summer of 2014. A movement that’s all about eradicating food waste, because 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. Collecting food from restaurants, shops and even people’s allotments that would otherwise be going to waste. Not rotten food, not bad food, just excess food that would otherwise be going in the bin.

Natalie Hughes-Crean and Gabby Holmes.

Natalie Hughes-Crean and Gabby Holmes.

It’s been a while since this blog caught up with Natalie and Gabby of The Real Junk Food Project Liverpool. But I have stayed in touch with them and was glad to get an email recently outlining their plans for the future.

So here are Natalie and Gabby in their own words: Continue reading

New Year 2016

Ducie Street - hoping to see this on site before long.

2016? Sort the empty homes, stop food waste, lean on each other, create our own way through this & sort the planet too? Yes, it’s a big ask.

But it’s what I wish for. If I learned one thing from 2015 it’s that we are best leaning on each other, helping each other. Not waiting for governments to change but doing what we need to and what we can now. Now is the time of our lives.

Love and respect to everyone featured on this blog in 2015.

Homebaked: The Thing On The Rec

Look at this. The centrepiece of something truly magical.

The Thing On The Rec

The Thing On The Rec

It was at Homebaked in Anfield this Saturday and lots of us were there.homebaked-recAfter huge work and preparation by so many (and a lovely dry, sunny day on Friday thanks very much) it wasn’t looking that promising…

There was sparklingly incandescent magic to come.

There was sparklingly incandescent magic to come.

But not just yet, here in Anfield.

But not just yet, not here in Anfield.

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LaunchPad North Liverpool: Ideas Wanted

On Thursday and Friday this week I’ll be helping out at two events aimed at being the LaunchPad for new and enterprising ideas for North Liverpool.LaunchPad - 1Me and North Liverpool go back a long way. In fact I was born here.

Here in Diana Street Walton, next to Goodison Park.

Here in Diana Street Walton, next to Goodison Park.

In fact here I am, in Diana Street, some time in the 1950s.

In fact here I am, in Diana Street, some time in the 1950s.

So I’m more than mildly pleased to be doing some work this week that will result in £300,000 being invested in new projects that will do good things in North Liverpool. Continue reading

Afternoon Tea: At Real Junk Food

On a rainy Saturday afternoon at this darkling time of the year, and with such bleak news from Paris, it was lovely to be able to brighten the day by going for afternoon tea with a friend.

Afternoon tea here at the Real Junk Food Project on Shaw Street/Everton Brow.

Afternoon tea here at the Real Junk Food Project on Shaw Street/Everton Brow.

The Pay As You Feel café has been open here at weekends since late August now, keeping down food waste and serving up good, healthy food from North Liverpool to whoever wants and needs it.

So I’d taken it as a sign of their growing confidence to find them advertising bookings for Afternoon Tea. Intrigued I’d booked straight away, and duly turned up at 3 o’clock today with my friend Pat from Homebaked, to find a busy café with just the one empty table there, for us.

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Stylishly done as always here.

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Pay As You Feel, in Everton

– Let’s really feed the world –

A misty morning for my second visit to the open for five weeks now Pay As You Feel Café in Everton.PAYF - 1

The city centre's just down there, somewhere.

The city centre’s just down there, somewhere.

As I walk along Shaw Street to the café.

As I walk along Shaw Street to the café.

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Real Junk Food Liverpool

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.

It shouldn’t have needed to happen, but I’m really glad it has. There’s a Real Junk Food Café in Liverpool. In Everton, in fact.Real Junk Food - 1At 117 Shaw Street, on the corner of Everton Brow.

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. Continue reading