Updated: Jan 14, 2019
A restaurant concept which turns waste food into meals served on a pay-as-you-feel basis is appealing for commercial catering equipment to help get the project up and running.
Real Junk Food Manchester will be the city’s first waste food pay-as-you-feel café and restaurant and it hopes to stamp out food waste, make access to good food fairer and more sustainable, and support some of Manchester's most vulnerable residents.
Corin Bell, Real Junk Food Manchester's project director, says: "We have worked hard since 2014 taking the concept of using waste food to feed people in a fair and sustainable way, and now following crowdfunding we are at the cusp of launching a fantastic venue to support local communities in Manchester and give access to great tasting, nutritional food, for many who may not be able to afford it all.
“We do need those with any suitable spare commercial catering equipment to donate it to help us reach the finish line in getting the project's doors open. It will be greatly appreciated and make a real difference to many lives."
With a temporary site identified just outside the city centre for the project, CHR Food Service Equipment has already provided the design, project management and installation of a mobile kitchen that can move into any space that has electricity and running water is free of charge.
Managing director Paul Neville comments: “What we need now is help from the wider industry in sourcing equipment suitable for the mobile kitchen and its worthy cause. It may be an old sink, an odd bench kicking around in the warehouse, an ex-demo dishwasher that is just sitting there, a set of taps, a rack, a freezer, or a refrigerator. No matter how small you think your contribution would be it clearly would be significant for the project at Real Junk food Manchester.”