In an effort to combat the £230m of edible food waste across the country, British activists have formed the Real Junk Food Project, aiming to provide, otherwise, wasted food to people that need it, grocy store style.
The first store to open is called "the warehouse" and is located on the Grangefield Industrial Estate. People pay on a "pay as you feel" basis, meaning they are only required to pay what they are able to. They are also able to trade work hours for food.
"The warehouse has absolutely been our lifeline over the past month or so," local resident Kirsty Rhodes told The Independent. Rhodes had suffered a diagnosis of chronic pain and her husband was forced to leave his job to take care of their children. This is when the warehouse fell into place with them.
“With three young children and two adults to feed we started to struggle straight away. Luckily we took the plunge to go to the warehouse and it was amazing!" Kirsty said.
Adam Smith, founder of the Real Junk Food Project, says that the goal is to put one of these stores in every city in the UK.
“We’re about to start in Sheffield and Bradford,” he said. “Every city will now obtain central storage and run a ‘people’s supermarket.’"
The movement is spreading, as there are now hundreds of cafes around the country feeding people on food waste.