Food is wasted throughout the supply chain; supermarket’s aesthetic standards mean that in the UK, over 40% of vegetables are discarded before leaving the farm. There are strict food labelling laws that mean perfectly healthy, edible food is being mindlessly binned at every stage of the distribution chain.
Food waste is a symptom of a much bigger problem that can only be addressed by
re-evaluating our food production and distribution system. WRAP estimate that food distribution and retail generates 4.3 million tonnes of food waste each year in the UK, whilst simultaneously over 900,000 people were regularly using food banks in 2014.
In Doncaster the number of people using food banks has tripled, with more than 50% now visiting due to ‘benefit changes’.
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Financial exclusion happens in Doncaster for a number of reasons. If you are long term ill or diagnosed terminally ill for example. Benefit sanctions have also created more financial exclusion and typically last from 4 to 26 weeks. Young people leaving care and long term sick found 'fit for work' (may include those suffering from diagnosed long term mental health issues and disabilities) are most frequently affected in Doncaster.
Benefit changes can leave people in hardship; e.g. larger families subjected to the 'benefits cap' who took on apprenticeships and training, but suffered delays of up to 6 weeks in recalculating their benefits and those subjected to tax credit changes. Bedroom tax hit Doncaster hard, as the borough has a shortage of one bedroomed homes.
Zero hour contracts add to feeling powerless and leave people unable to plan financially.
I support The Real Junk Food Project Doncaster because it allows a new way of thinking about how to manage our food waste problem and offers a chance for poorer families to eat out and pay what they can afford!
Kelly Connolly is a relationship and children’s counsellor, Anti-austerity campaigner,Green
party candidate for Rossington and Bawtry in Doncaster, and volunteer at The Real Junk Food Project Doncaster.
I support The Real Junk Food Project Doncaster because it's immoral for food that is fit to eat to be sent to landfill.
Natalie Sloan is a social care worker, and tribunal support volunteer for IPSEA. Home grower & cookbook obsessive, she and her daughter volunteer at The Real Junk Food Project Doncaster.
I feel privileged to be a part of this project which shares my principles, and enables me to take an active part locally with other like-minded people, putting our ideas into practise and showing what can be achieved, making a difference within our local community. If we can do-it,
Dave Pearson, man of many skills, mostly he likes therapeutic. Volunteer, the only driver and cool older person at The Real Junk Food Project Doncaster.
An absolutely brilliant idea! Really substantial and satisfying food! Good food! – NOT RUBBISH!
Jayne and Chris - customers
Thanks to The Real Junk Food Project Doncaster for yet another great meal. Looking forward to the next one - Ali & Karl x Returning customers, valued supporters and cheerers-on at The Real Junk Food Project Doncaster, helping out with needed skills and time.
Ali is a trade unionist who works hard at community cohesion, and is also the Labour Party candidate for Cusworth & Sprotbrough parish council.
@fee0na @TRJFPDoncaster – no thankyou! Particularly for the delicious Turkish delight!
Owen Jones on twitter
Great project that will hopefully
become a great success
Labour councillor Dave Shaw
I was really knackered and had that bogged down Friday feeling but everyone was so delightful, felt like I was amongst friends.
I couldn't think of a better way to spend my Friday, it was great to take some food home too. Looking forwards to putting this story in the next Doncopolitan... GO TEAM
Rachel Horne; is the editor of Doncoplitan magazine, artist extraordinaire, and cool young person supporter.
Doncaster has high rates of domestic violence (women and children who may have to flee suddenly) and a high statistic of sex workers. One email from an outreach group said there was an increase on Friday nights as a direct result of women needing to buy food.
Often food banks are unable to help people in these situations, as they are a short term solution based on referrals. Insanely, food banks have to discard perfectly good food if it is out of date.
According to Police.UK shoplifting in Doncaster is higher than other similar areas, and higher than average for the South Yorkshire force.
Until the systemic change necessary to abolish food waste is brought about, we believe that our PAYF café model can play an important role as we transition towards a less wasteful system.
The project represents an alternative to devaluing edible food waste by creating an inclusive community space responding to the environmental impacts of waste disposal, as well as unemployment and community engagement.
Everyone is part of creating the café spaces, whether you are a customer, a volunteer or a supporter, PAYF allows everyone to contribute to what they think the food, the space, the idea and the bigger picture is worth.
PAYF offers an alternative to the conventional payment system, as there are no prices. Our system transcends monetary transactions and liberates people to use their skills and attributes as well as money to pay for their meals.
If you have some time to donate and would like to volunteer a few hours, please fill the form below
We have been contacted by local schools, groups and individuals who wanted to contribute monetary donations, so we needed this button. We will use your kind donations to help
cover unavoidable costs.
You will help us continue to rescue food and share it with people who need it.