The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield is asking for your help to build Food Works, Sheffield’s first sustainable food hub. Food Works will make a real dent in food waste, feeding people and sharing skills.

On Tuesday 20 November at 12 noon the project will launch its first ever crowdfunding campaign to build Food Works not Food Waste for Sheffield. Food Works will be the sustainable food hub for Sheffield – transforming wasted food into valued food for everyone.

The team is looking to raise £50k through crowdfunder.co.uk to secure a long term warehouse lease, invest in commercial refrigeration units and onsite kitchen facilities so the team can really stamp out food waste in Sheffield.

Project founder and director, Jo Hercberg, says:

“Building Food Works will transform the amount of perfectly good food going into bellies, not bins in Sheffield. We’ve already saved 319 tonnes in just 3 years and created 100,000s of meals with it but this is only 0.1% of food wasted in Sheffield. We need to do so much more to stop this.

“By supporting Food Works you will help us increase that 0.1% by having a stable base to operate from and we’d expand our work to include farms, producers and wholesalers. We’d then be able to begin preserving, storing, cooking and feeding people with food the second it gets to the warehouse. On top of this we’d increase our education programs to include workshops for all ages and get even more people in Sheffield engaged and involved. From volunteering to training to eating there really is something everybody can do to help.

The team will also continue with the fantastic work they already do at The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield, running two pay-as-you-feel cafés, catering weddings and events, education programs and the Sharehouse Market at Burngreave under a new, shorter name with a much bigger mission.

The crowdfunding campaign goes live on Tuesday 20th November at midday with great rewards including Christmas hampers, refillable keep cups and even at home private fine dining. Corporate packages are also available and people are encouraged to get in touch if they would like to discuss a tailored or bespoke package.

Crowdfunder link