Food waste café opens in Cardiff

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The new café serves meals made from food that is rejected by supermarkets

A new café in Cardiff has opened its doors this week; a café not like any other in Cardiff. The Cathays Café is run by The Real Junk Food Project, and serves meals produced with food that is being thrown away by supermarkets, restaurants and farmers.

The new café opened to the public on January 25 in Cathays Terraceh, serving up carefully produced nutritious meals such as ‘winter veg stew with sour dough’, ‘chickpea curry’, ‘noodles with fresh veg & plum sauce’ and ‘banana bread’.

Why would anyone pay for a meal made of waste food, you ask? The Real Junk Food Project, and its new café, are doing their little bit towards reducing global food waste and they want the British public to do the same by eating at the new café, which has adopted a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ system.

Food waste café opens in Cardiff

Cathays Terrace, Cardiff

The project executives have set up partnerships with restaurants, farmers, and supermarkets, who are guilty of sending perfectly edible food, especially fruit and vegetables, to landfill, sometimes simply because they do not look the part.

The café is working with Cathays Youth and Community Project and is run by volunteers and director, 24-year-old Josh Quigley, who has worked as a chef since his teenage years. Josh commented: “We are here to highlight the amount of food waste happening in the UK and globally. We are looking to challenge the ideas about what is still good and safe to eat.”

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