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New Aylesbury Pay as You Feel Cafe needs volunteers

Emma Symons

5:48am 20th March 2017

A woman from Aylesbury is looking to open a cafe that serves donated food on a pay as you feel basis.

Emma Symons got the idea after hearing about the 'Real Junk Food Project', which has volunteer run cafes up and down the country.

The idea is that food is donated from a variety of sources such as allotments, food banks, restaurants, cafés, food photographers, events and functions, and then patrons are allowed to pay as much or as little as they like.

People can also pay for meals by offering their time or skills too.

Common sense

The project claims to use a 'common sense' approach to food waste, and aims to try and reduce the amount of edible food being sent to land fill.

Emma, who is from Aylesbury, is now looking for helping in setting the first Real Junk Food Project Cafe in Buckinghamshire. She said:

"We're looking for premises and anyone who can help out with all the things we'd need, such as tables and crockery."

"The difference between us and a food bank is that you don't need to be referred to us."

"You can earn £300 a year or £300 000 and you can still come and have a meal and pay whatever you feel it's worth."

'Oh, it's time to go off now!'

Part of the idea is to use food that's past the expiry date but still deemed safe to eat. Emma added:

"We've lost the common sense approach to eating. We think that the sell by or use by date is the be all and end all, but the food doesn't know what date is on the packaging. It doesn't go 'Oh, it's time to go off now'."

"We'll still have to comply with food hygiene regulations and things, but we'll be using common sense. We'll look at it, smell it, taste it; if it seems off then we won't use it."

"So far in the 4 years of the project running we've never had any complaints."

If you feel you could help Emma get the project off the ground in Aylesbury, you can call her on 07788 444158 or email dejabrewcafeuk@gmail.com. 

You can read more about the national project here.

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