A pay-as-you-feel cafe that uses food that would otherwise be thrown away is ready to launch with plenty of community support.
Second Helpings will hold its first lunch at Trinity Methodist Church in Barn Hill, Stamford, from midday to 3pm on Saturday, October 3.
Volunteers will use food donated by supermarkets, businesses and individuals that would otherwise go to landfill to create a tasty menu. Customers will then be able to pay what they feel the meal is worth. The cafe currently has 193kg of food in storage, ranging from meat and vegetables to packets and tins.
George Hetherington came up with the idea after seeing the success of The Real Junk Food Project, set up in Leeds by chef Adam Smith last year.
He said: “We’d love people to come along and enjoy a meal, save on waste and pay as they feel.
“It’s a community effort. The block of volunteers are from various community projects as opposed to just being from the church, although the church is very much involved.”
The cafe has the support of Tesco in Stamford, which handed over food on Friday last week. Offers of help have come from all over, with UK Printwear, of Empingham, designing the logo and sponsoring T-shirts, aprons and high-vis jackets.
There will also be a “food boutique” where people can buy some of the surplus food, again on a pay-as-you-feel basis. George said: “It doesn’t matter whether we cook or sell the food as long as it doesn’t go to waste.”