Community Kitchen: Project aimed at helping to feed families

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A new community project that redistributes waste food from supermarkets to help feed people in need is hoping more will take advantage of their services this Christmas.

Morley Community Kitchen aims to bring the community together by providing meals to people who need a helping hand to feed themselves and their families.

Part of Associated Waste Management’s corporate social responsibility programme,The Urban Project and The real Junk Food Project and Morley Community Kitchen utilises intercepted food destined for landfill to feed communities.

Mike Robinson who runs the initiative said: “Our aim is to bring communities together, educate, reduce social isolation and provide support whilst helping to reduce food waste.

“Anybody is invited along to see what we do and be part of our community kitchen.”

After starting the project 12 weeks ago, Mike said: “We’re now intercepting re-distributed food from Morrisons supermarket via their community champion.

“Morrisons has become one of the largest supermarkets to implement a scheme to redistribute unsold food from stores to local community organisations.

“At the end of each day, unsold food that is considered ‘safe to eat’ will be held back at their 500 stores across the UK and given to group registered as part of a network of community organisations.

“We have just had our first Binner Party, where a cross section of the community came along and ate.

“Enough bread was intercepted to feed 1,000 school children with toast.”

People will be made very welcome at the next Community Kitchen street cafe, which will be held at outside Morley Town Hall tomorrow (Thursday) at 6pm-8pm.

The project has clear social benefits through operating a strictly Pay-As-You-Feel (PAYF) policy, which offers an alternative to the conventional payment system as there is no price on any produce in the cafe.

Mike said: “The venue had to be centrally located with facilities that enabled us to prepare food and for families to feel safe and at the same time be close to the problem areas we were trying to address. Local councillors saw the value of such a project and kindly supported.”

If you would like to find out more about getting involved in the community kitchen project, feel free to go along to one of the sessions. They are run every Thursday 6pm-8pm at The Church of the Nazarene in Morrisons carpark, Morley.