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Blog: University of Sussex - Real Junk Food Café

Blog: University of Sussex - Real Junk Food Café


Blog: University of Sussex - Real Junk Food Café

Over the past year, the University of Sussex Students' Union has teamed up with The Real Junk Food Project Brighton to host two pop-up café events. The events work on a pay as you feel basis and the last event raised £170.

The Real Junk Food Project is an international scheme that sources local food that would otherwise go to waste and cooks it into delicious meals. There is a benefit to huge groups of people and the pay as you feel scheme means that those ordinarily unable to pay much for food have an affordable meal and others who can pay more help keep the scheme running. Inclusivity is at the heart of this scheme.

Bringing the scheme to the University of Sussex was initiated by Sarah Gibbons, the Society and Citizenship Officer for the last academic year. The scheme will be carried on from September with the support of the current officer, Aisling Murray.

As well as using locally sourced produce, it is important to consider reducing food waste as much as possible when planning an event for the Love British Food Fortnight Competition.

These events on campus were successful because they:

  • Used food that would otherwise have been wasted.
  • Engaged with a large demographic of the people on campus: students, staff and academics.
  • Raised money for a good cause.
  • Operated on a pay as you feel scheme.