Real Junk Food Manchester smashes crowdfunding target

The Real Junk Food Manchester meal

A crowdfunding campaign for Manchester's first pay-as-you-feel (PAYF) cafe using surplus food has exceeded its target twice.

The Real Junk Food Manchester cafe and restaurant now has a stretch goal of £30,000 – having already smashed its initial goal of £20,000 and then £25,000 – to fund the opening of a site just outside the city centre that will offer hot meals made from food that would have otherwise gone to waste. There'll be no prices on the menu – patrons can pay what they like.

The team has the foresight of designing its new kitchen as a mobile space that can move to any available space in Manchester with electricity and running water, without worrying about leaving valuable equipment behind if it has to move around until it finds a permanent home.

All reward pledges get something tasty in return, for you or someone who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford a hot meal, but it's all about making our food system fairer and more sustainable, supporting Manchester's most vulnerable citizens and generally making the city happier and healthier.

Here's the campaign video; the Crowdfunder project ends on January 13th.

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