The 'Pay As You Feel' Restaurant Fundraiser Has Reached Its Target A Whole 8 Days Early!

What an amazing response

Real Junk Food

Imagine going to a restaurant and instead of getting a bill, paying what you think the meal was worth.

It may sound strange but a venue which does exactly that is on its way to Manchester following a whirlwind fundraising campaign.

Manchester's Real Junk Food project launched a fundraiser to bring the first full-time pay-as-you-feel cafe-come-restaurant to the city on December 20.

Now, with eight days left on the campaign, they have attained their £20,000 target.

The not for profit enterprise focuses on tackling food waste, food poverty and campaigns for greater social inclusion, and has ran a number of successful pop-up events in Manchester.

The unit will be in the city centre, focusing on the enjoyment of great food in an all-encompassing, all-welcome atmosphere.

Top quality fare by project chef Aumbry's Mary-Ellen McTague will be the order of the day and all of the meals just happen to be made from wasted ingredients, served on a pay-as-you-feel basis.

Funds raised will primarily go into building the project's kitchen and equipment which, where possible, will be sourced second-hand - in keeping with Real Junk Food Project's ethos of reducing waste wherever and whenever they can.

Corin Bell, director for Real Junk Food Manchester, explained: “The ultimate point of our project is that this food shouldn’t have been thrown away - there was nothing at all wrong with it.

"In fact produce from wholesalers is often at the peak of ripeness but retailers wouldn’t buy it because it would be past it’s best the day after it reached their shelves." 

“The best way we can think of to show how good this food is, is to have two amazing chefs transform it into fantastic dishes of top restaurant quality. That’s what this restaurant will do with the help of the people of Manchester.

“Plus pay-as-you-feel creates an innovative, inclusive space that deliberately bucks the recent trend towards food banks. We aim to create a space where people from all backgrounds are welcome, regardless of whether or not they have money." 

"This is a conscious choice to work against the unfortunate consequence of a food bank model, where the poorest and most vulnerable in our society are segregated, often being offered little dignity or choice - everyone is welcome at our table."

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Kirstie McCrum

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