How did we do in 2015 – part 2?

Just published – a report on the impact of TRJFP@AH Cafe, “a social return on investment analysis”! Although that might sound a little technical the report, or the summary, is well worth reading and it finds that for every £1 worth of volunteer time and donations, TRJFP@AH Cafe generates £15 of social and environmental value in return – not a bad investment!


Waking up to food waste

It looks like we are beginning to wake up to the issue of food waste. We are being told that if we are going to feed the world we will need to double food production with all the stress on planetary resources that that will bring (land use, soil depletion, energy inputs, water, etc) and yet we have too often been ignoring the fact that between 30% and 45% of the food produced never reaches us, it is “wasted”. 

So it is great to read that supermarkets and other retailers are starting to tackle this issue, for example the Coop have just signed a deal with FairShare. This is great news but so much more could be done and what would be even better would be if we could change our whole attitude towards food production and retailing so that there was less “wastage” in the first place.

Friday in the cafe – 29th May 2015

Day 2 for Theo standing in for Emma as Emma takes a well earned break over half term. The day started very quiet and a lot of our regulars were away this week but the food was still excellent! We also took deliver of a load of bread and salad along with more salad so today was obviously going to be a salad day!

Today we served up:

  • 14 portions of soup
  • 8 portions of chicken casserole (with optional salad)
  • 20 portions of hot dog in a roll (with optional salad)
  • 3 portions of vegetable stew (with optional salad)
  • 6 portions of naked fruit salad

We also had a food boutique today with mostly salad on it, surprise, surprise! There were approximately 23 portions of food taken as take out on a PAYF basis.

Thank you everyone for the £28.26 in donations and for the help in the kitchen. Your help is very much appreciated but if anyone is able to help at the end of the day with clearing up between 3pm and 4.30pm your help would be especially appreciated!

Foretaste of Friday

The cafe will be open again tomorrow with Theo cheffing again for us. We open at 10am when there will be toast, cakes, drinks and other forms of refreshements with lunch being served from about midday. Last Friday was very busy later on so it would probably be best to come early if you can! The weather forecast isn’t too good so we may not put tables outside!

And if you would like to volunteer then come along and stick your head round the kitchen door!