Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.

The Real Junk Food Project Calderdale, based in Hebden Bridge, is part of the wider Real Junk Food Project network founded in 2013 by Leeds based, Adam Smith. The project aims to tackle the huge problem of food waste by intercepting food unnecessarily thrown away by supermarkets and other retailers and transforming it into delicious meals, which are served in our cafe and at other local events.

At least 90% of all ingredients we use is “waste” and would have otherwise ended up in landfill. Our creative chefs take the random assortment of ingredients we acquire to craft unique, nutritiously balanced dishes.

All dishes are served on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis and customers are invited to contribute as much as wish, based on their enjoyment and appreciation of the food. We also invite people to pay for their meals in other ways too; by volunteering to cook, serve, wash up, do DIY or help us with publicity and social media for example.

Our project is for everybody. We welcome people from all walks of life to eat, socialise, volunteer, spread the word and help us on our ongoing mission to #feedbelliesnotbins