Tuesday in the cafe – 26th May 2015

Theo was in charge today, and as you can see from the photos, although he looks laid back and relaxed there are times when he is just a blur! About 35 customers visited today and they had the following:

  • 18 portions of “Veg of the day” soup (actually any veg we had handy!)
  • 24 portions of chicken casserole
  • 11 portions of vegetable stew
  • 11 portions of melonomous fruit salad (this was based around a melon in case you hadn’t worked it out!)
  • 8 portions of raspberry marshmallow crisp
  • 12 “absolutely fantastic” cup cakes – we tried to make these last by cutting them in half but they just flew off the plate. Thank you Ollie for the interception!

Thank you everyone for coming, for the £34-69 in donations, for the help in the kitchen and with cleaning up. Your help was much appreciated. A special thanks to Theo and to all the other volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer then do come along on a Tuesday or Thursday, stick your head around the kitchen door and ask for Emma or Paul, or you can email Emma on emma@cafe.allhallowsleeds.org.uk

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World Hunger Day

This Thursday (28th May) is World Hunger Day. #WorldHungerDay

842 million people, that is one eighth of the world’s population live in extreme hunger and poverty and exist on less than 80 pence a day. Hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Millions of women, men and children die each year because of chronic persistent hunger – TWO million are children.

Of the thousands of people who live in hunger and poverty, 10 percent are suffering from famine or from the high profile emergency crises that we are sadly all too familiar with.

However, particularly whilst the focus of the world is on high profile crises, it is vital that we recognise that, even today, the 90 percent majority of those sufferingwith hunger and poverty are living in other parts of the world, not affected by famine, earthquake or flood, but because of the chronic persistent hunger that exists in the developing world, in particular, Africa, South Asia and Latin America.

Chronic, persistent hunger is not due merely to lack of food. It occurs when people lack opportunity to earn enough income, to be educated and gain skills, to meet basic health needs and have a voice in the decisions that affect their community.

World Hunger Day is about raising awareness of this situation. It is also about celebrating the achievements of millions of people who are already ending their own hunger and meeting their basic needs.

World Hunger Day seeks to inspire people in both the developed and developing worlds to show their solidarity and support to enable many more to end their own hunger and poverty and make the journey to self-reliance.

Additionally, we hope that World Hunger Day, will encourage even more organisations to work in partnership with each other and with the women, men and children in the developing world who seek to bring about a sustainable end to their own hunger and poverty.

Let’s Really Feed The World!

Friday 22nd May

Half term about to start, Emma on holiday, it’s going to be quiet today. 

Or maybe not!

Abbie was standing in for Emma today and prepared some amazing food but by midday we thought there would be no one to eat it. And then the doors opened and it was non stop for the next few hours! We served nearly 50 people today and received donations of £76.83 plus help with the washing up and the installation of a new toilet in the gents! Food served included:

  • 18 portions of leek and potato soup
  • A couple of tinned soups of ’57 vintage!
  • 24 portions of quiche
  • 15 portions of chicken satay
  • 3 portions of vegetable curry
  • 3 portions of chicken curry
  • 5 portions of stir fry vegetables
  • 2 portions of cabbage crumble and cheese
  • 10 portions of rhubarb tarte
  • 10 portions of fruit salad
  • 20 portions of raspberry marshmallow crisp

We ran out of food at one point and Abbie managed to rustle up some more tasty food. A huge thank you to all our customers who showed great patience and humour and were so generous with their donations and comments. Do please leave a comment (perferably positive!) either here or on our Facebook page.

Also a big thank you to all the volunteers who made today possible – and sorry Emma, I think we raided some of the food you had prepared for later!

Cafe reopens after Easter break

Tomorrow, Tuesday 14th April, the cafe will re-open after it’s Easter break. We were sad that we closed for the week but we needed a break as Emma, Paul and several other volunteers had been ill with either the flu or other bugs. Hopefully, now we are all fit and raring to go again, keen to intercept more food that would otherwise be thrown out and to put it to the use that was intended for it – nutritious and delicious meals.

As always everything is on a Pay As Your Feel basis, and since it is warming up you will now also have the opportunity to volunter in the community garden if you wish!

Our Hungry Planet: Agriculture, People and Food Security – free online course

Future Learn are offering a free on line course called Our Hungry Planet which considers how the food we grow, buy, eat and throw away relates to the global issue of food security. The course is free and starts on May 8th. The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in food, food security and food waste; farming and agriculture; or sustainability and you don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to join it. It should take about 3 hours a week for 6 weeks.

If you do join up for the course do please let us know how you get on and what you think of it.

Our apologies!

We are sorry if you have been unable to reach our website. Following Songs of Praise this afternoon we have had so many people trying to visit the site in such a short time the website decided to go and have a lie down to recover. It has now been kicked out of bed and is, hopefully, available to you all again!