The latest pop-up from The Real Junk Food Project, you’ve got just one week to visit this shop-cum-cafe in The Light…
It’s a shop, a vegan cafe and a family hub, all wrapped up in one, but Old School Junk is coming to the end of its short run at The Light, so if you want to make the most of their pay-as-you-feel offering, while helping to fight the good fight against food waste, you’d better be quick.
“The Real Junk Project is an environmental campaign that raises awareness about the issues of food waste and surplus food from retailers. We collect food and make it accessible to people, so we have a share house and cafes across Leeds, and we also take the food into primary schools,” Sharon Danes, Project Development Officer at The Real Junk Food Project told us.
The primary school arm is called Fuel for School. They take fresh fruit, vegetables and dried produce into schools across Leeds and Bradford, then teach the kids about food waste, telling them what it is, why it happens and what the difference is between best before and use by dates. But during the summer holidays, they’re at a loose end, so they decided to set up shop in The Light.
Old School Junk is a three-fold offering. On the one-hand, it’s a raw vegan cafe where you can go and get a bite to eat on a pay-as-you-feel basis. The menu changes every day, and like everything else they do, it’s made with surplus food. They want to show you what you can do with simple fruits and vegetables, so they make everything from oriental salad with sweetcorn, broccoli and gem lettuce to courgetti pasta topped with homemade sauces. Why not follow it with a slice of cake, like lemon and coconut with fresh blueberries and strawberries?
They’ve had a little help to make the food – as part of the project, Old School Junk has opened up its kitchen to local kids, giving them a chance to try their hand at cooking, building their confidence as they go. Meanwhile, out front, they’ve set up a children’s play area and lined up a host of activities in collaboration with Fabrication. The result is a family hub where you can enjoy arts and crafts sessions and sewing classes until 2nd September 2017.
And the final trick up their sleeve? A surplus food market where you can do your weekly shop on a pay-as-you-feel basis, picking up everything from carrots, mushrooms and potatoes to apples, watermelons and strawberries. You never know what you’ll find, so keep popping back to see what they have in – and remember, all your donations go back into helping them do the great work they do.
Old School Junk is only at The Light until Monday 4th September 2017 (activities finish on Saturday 2nd September 2017).