Advice for our volunteers and customers re: Coronavirus

It cannot have escaped your attention that the UK along with the rest of the world is currently caught up in a global pandemic, caused by a new form of coronavirus known as COVID-19.

We would like to take this opportunity to make it clear that for the time being all our venues are open as usual, but that we will, of course, follow government guidance when or if it changes.

We would like to ask all our customers and volunteers to please follow Public Health England’s latest advice, which is to:

Stay home & self-isolate for 7 days if you have a temperature or cough and to
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds often.

In case you’re wondering how long 20 seconds is… here’s Gloria Gaynor with a helpful video:

With Love From TRJFP Brum

Happy Valentines Day from all the volunteers at TRJFP Brum!

Heart showing a sample Pay As You Feel menu on a blackboard

2019 was another super year for the project.

Thank you for your support, however large or small, we couldn’t do this without people like you!

If you’d like to hear more about what our wonderful volunteers got up to last year – read on!

Heart showing the slogan on the wall of the Sharehouse

Last year we increased the volume of food rescued by 46%.

We collected from 75 different suppliers on 825 occasions.

We received a total of 503,192 kilos of donated goods, which works out at around 9.5 tonnes every week.

Heart showing people eating at a Pay As You Feel cafe

With all these amazing donations, we served 9558 meals at 318 events, at 50 different locations, cooked with 8079 kitchen volunteer hours.

We were runners up in the Observer Best Ethical Food Project category for the second year running.

Heart showing a healthy, colourful meal being cooked

Our wonderful volunteers fed, entertained, exercised, and educated 49 children from 22 families over the summer through the Happy Healthy Holidays scheme.

We catered two Junk Food Weddings, supported Bearwood and Kings Heath Action For Refugees, The Big Feed and a number of other charitable and worthy causes across the region.

Heart showing a volunteer riding a cargo trike

We got two new cargo trikes to transport and deliver food with zero emissions. Our volunteers have already pedalled them 300 miles, saving approximately 70kg in carbon emissions!

Our van racked up 12,500 miles (there are some journeys and loads a cargo bike can’t manage!)

Heart showing a volunteer at a boutique stall

We distributed 2438 Freegan Boxes!

Any food we couldn’t use because it was unfit for human consumption, not stored properly before donating, or in open/damaged packaging was taken to animal sanctuaries or composted.

Heart showing a blackboard advertising Root Veg and Nettle Soup

We welcomed volunteers from the Environment Agency, M&S, Sainsbury’s and The Heart of Birmingham Vocational College.

Several of our volunteers moved into paid jobs – well done to them!

And we upgraded Bob’s blender, so he can more easily make the soup he loves to cook for people.

If you want to download a copy of our ‘Digest’ listing some of last year’s achievements, you can do so here:

Thanks for being involved, and here’s to a productive 2020 Feeding Bellies Not Bins!

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