A project that will make a real dent in food waste, feeding people and sharing skills is celebrating a major milestone after raising half of what it needs to make a difference.
The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield launched its campaign to build Food Works not Food Waste for Sheffield on 20 November and with just under two weeks left the idea has already received 51 per cent of funding.
With help from generous members of the public and local businesses they hope to reach the full amount by 4pm on Christmas Eve.
The team is looking to raise £50,000 through crowdfunder.co.uk to secure a long term warehouse lease, invest in commercial refrigeration units and onsite kitchen facilities so the team can really stamp out food waste in Sheffield.
Project founder and director Jo Hercberg, said: “Building Food Works will transform the amount of perfectly good food going into bellies, not bins in Sheffield. We’ve already saved 319 tonnes in just 3 years and created 100,000s of meals with it but this is only 0.1% of food wasted in Sheffield. We need to do so much more to stop this.”
“By supporting Food Works you will help us increase that 0.1% by having a stable base to operate from and we’d expand our work to include farms, producers and wholesalers. We’d then be able to begin preserving, storing, cooking and feeding people with food the second it gets to the warehouse. On top of this we’d increase our education programs to include workshops for all ages and get even more people in Sheffield engaged and involved. From volunteering to training to eating there really is something everybody can do to help solve Sheffield’s food waste problem.”
“We’ve been blown away by the support we’ve had so far but know there is still work to do. 50% of the funds will help us with the warehouse lease and kitchen but the purchase of a walk-in fridge/freezer may not be possible if we don’t hit our target”.
The team will also continue with the fantastic work they already do at The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield, running two pay-as-you-feel cafés, catering weddings and events, education programs and the Sharehouse Market at Burngreave under a new, shorter name with a much bigger mission.
The crowdfunding campaign offers supporters some really great rewards Pledge from £5 upwards and you can receive a variety of rewards from Eco Mugs, Tote Bags, Christmas Hampers to Private Dining.. Full details of the rewards are available via https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/food-works-for-sheffield. Everyone is encouraged to pledge if they can and share the campaign widely as sharing it helps enormously.
The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield is a non-profit social enterprise saving food from being wasted and making it available to the people of Sheffield. Set up by Jo Hercberg in 2015 the the project is staffed by 5 FT, 3 PT and 180 volunteers
It runs two pay-as-you-feel cafés, the Sharehouse Market and our Food Works for School program alongside our popular catering function. The project is powered by volunteers from all walks of life who give up their time to reduce food waste in Sheffield 6 days a week and save over 6 tonnes of food per week.
The team won Sheffield Star’s Small Business Award 2018 in the CSR/Charity category and were finalists in the CitiBank Micro-Entrepreneur Awards 2018.