Waste food cafe for Eastbourne gathers pace

Helen Burton at the Brighton Real Junk Food Cafe SUS-150626-093445001

Helen Burton at the Brighton Real Junk Food Cafe SUS-150626-093445001

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Plans to create a Real Junk Food Cafe in Eastbourne are gathering pace but more helpers are needed to make the project a reality.

The community project is being set up weekly in Leaf Hall in Seaside. The project, which will use surplus food to create meals for the community is being organised by Pevensey Bay woman Helen Burton.

Helen recently took on the Live Below the Line Challenge and lived on just £5 for five days. As part of her challenge she visited the Real Junk Food Cafe in Brighton and was impressed with the project which meets every Friday lunchtime.

Helen has now set about creating a similar project in Eastbourne, which will run on Monday lunchtimes.

She told the Gazette, “We recently took over the regular monthly Green Cafe at Leaf Hall to talk with people about the Real Junk Food Project.

“Paul Corney from Plan ZHeroes spoke about his experiences in helping to set up projects like ours and we all had a delicious meal together while we discussed the project.

“We have now had a chest freezer donated to the project from Hankham Organics and several local shops have approached us to donate food. An example of our supporters is Poppy Longden who baked a wonderful vegan chocolate torte for us to share on Friday.

“She is opening a vegan shop called Oh My Goodness at the Enterprise Centre soon and has already said she will donate any surplus to us.

Someone else is going to rally people at her allotment to pass us their excess produce.”

Helen says she has been really pleased with the response so far but more help is needed to get the project off the ground.

She said, “We still need other local food producers, retailers, restaurants and hotels to offer us their waste food.”

The team also has an onward plan for any food they don’t use in a bid to make sure nothing is wasted.

Helen explained, “If we have any excess food ourselves we hope to work with other community groups to share what we have. In particular groups that support the elderly should get in touch, as we can work with other groups to share food and create opportunities to improve people’s social lives. Because it will be ‘pay as you feel’ everyone can afford to go out for lunch and make new friends.”

To get involved visit bel
liesnotbins@btinternet.com or call Helen on 07990 751469.

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