Sharehouse Extra Openings Before Christmas 2019!

Have you wanted to visit the TRJFP Birmingham Sharehouse, but have never been able to come on a Thursday?

Well, this might be your perfect opportunity!

The Sharehouse will be running extra opening for Pay As You Feel shopping before Christmas:

Monday 23 Dec 12 -2 pm and
Tuesday 24 Dec 12 – 2 pm

Click here to find it on Google Maps:

  • If you’re driving, please park on the access road where there is plenty of space and walk through the trading estate to the Sharehouse (and request taxis drop-off/pick-up there too). We need access for deliveries, as do our neighbours – there is no room for customer/volunteer cars. We have trolleys and can help you to take your shopping to your vehicle if needed – please just ask.
  • Food is for personal use only – you cannot shop for friends/family, or to sell on. By all means tell your friends/family to come down and shop with us too, though!
  • Only take what you need and leave what you don’t – we may ask you to put some things back if you take too much of a single item – it’s only fair to leave enough for others.
  • Any questions, just ask our lovely volunteers.
Picture of Santa delivering boxes

Merry Christmas 2019!

We’ve had another phenomenal year at TRJFP Brum, and as you can see from the photos below, we’re getting ready for Christmas!

Our wonderful café volunteers will be taking some well earned rest over the festive period, so please note that ALL our cafés will be closed from 20th December onwards, and will reopen the week beginning the 6th January 2020.

Freegan Boxes will also not be available over this period (emails have been sent to all recipients advising of their restart date).

The Sharehouse in Winson Green will be open Thursdays 12 – 6pm as usual on 26th December (Boxing Day) and 2nd January.

Thank you for all your support over the year. Have a great time and we’ll see you in January!

Volunteers and attendees at Summerfield Place of Welcome
Place of Welcome – Summerfield
Scrapstore Santa!

Happy Easter!

Easter is fast approaching and we want to let you know which of our venues will be closed over the Bank Holidays.

There will be no Freegan Box collections on Good Friday (19th April)

Things will be back to normal from Wednesday 24th April.

We hope you have a lovely time

The TRJFP Brum team

Ladywood garden revamp

The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham has received funding from the Heart of England Community Foundation to upgrade and re-establish a community garden at the Ladywood Community Centre. There are already a few raised beds and a hot composting bin on site (see images).

We have bought some tools, a storage box and another raised bed as well as soil and plants. If you would like to get involved to make this garden more colourful and get your hands dirty please come along on Fridays between 11am and 12pm. You will get a hot meal afterwards at our café on site.

Hobs Moat Café – Jay


I feel so lucky I’m in a position to be able to help and feel I get more out of it than it gets out of me.

Jay

I first heard of the Real Junk Food Project Birmingham in December 2017 from a neighbour who invited me to come along to St Marys church hall for a bite to eat and a bit of shopping on a pay as you feel basis.

I went along and had a very nice roast dinner with pudding and a decent bag of shopping a chat with some of my unknown neighbours. A very relaxing afternoon with some lovely company for which I gave 4 or 5 pounds, what a bargain.

I enjoyed it so much I offered to help out if it ever happened again, and I’ve not looked back. We now have a great bunch of volunteers and have been going from strength to strength, we have even had a street party for the people living in Trinity Close where quite a few neighbours came and spent a beautiful sunny afternoon with tea, coffee, fruit juice, cakes, biscuits, fruit and music, it was great.

I can truly say that volunteering for the Real Junk Food Project Birmingham is the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I have ever done. I’ve made a whole bunch of new friends and got to know more of my neighbours in the past few months than I have the previous 7 years I have lived here. I feel so lucky I’m in a position to be able to help and feel I get more out of it than it gets out of me.

On a more serious note, it’s truly frightening to see the amount of good fresh fruit and veg, other food stuff and many many household items that would otherwise go to landfill if it weren’t intercepted and fairly distributed by the Real Junk Food Project Birmingham. A great initiative.