Friday 13th May in the cafe…

We had a wonderful team in the kitchen today! It is always fabulous to see volunteers using their cooking skills and creativity to make tasty, nutritious dishes. Whilst this went on, another of our volunteers sorted through and processed over 30kg of bananas!

In the afternoon four medical students volunteered to help. They deep cleaned the ovens and cleaned parts of the kitchen that normally get missed. A great job, thank you!

Adam Smith (founder of TRJFP), his son and one of the logistics managers, joined us for lunch. We are very fortunate to have lots of support through The Real Junk Food Project network. Spending time sharing ideas is always helpful, thinking about the next steps in developing the cafe.

Here’s what our 40 customers ate in the cafe or took home for later:

  • 11 portions of mixed vegetable soup
  • 15 portions of sweet potato and kale soup
  • 28 portions of chicken and mushroom stroganoff
  • 5 portions of cheese quiche
  • 5 portions of cabbage with crispy cheese crumb
  • 2 portions of chicken casserole
  • 1 portion of cheese salad
  • 13 portions of apple crumble
  • 19 portions of deconstructed trifle
  • 2 portions of bread and butter pudding surprise
  • 8 portions of banana and prune smoothie

£119.23 was given in monetary donations and various people helped with the washing up. £8 of these donations came from healthy snacks that were sold at the Co op shop on Leeds University campus. One of the students uses our intercepted ingredients to create these wonderful products.

Food was intercepted from a local charity and a few other sources. It included bananas (as previously mentioned), kale, bagels and mushrooms.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the cafe today, in whatever way! You helped us to #feed bellies not bins!

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