“Food breaks down barriers between cultures”Justin
Justin is a cool guy who loves music and designs his own clothes range called ‘dream n achieve’. Before moving to the area, he lived in Canada for 20 years where his family still are. Being so far away from family can be isolating at times and Justin regularly enjoys coming to our Ladywood Café to find community and conversation. An added bonus is the freshly cooked food.
Justin first heard about The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham from Ann, volunteer coordinator, who he met at his child’s school. He liked the idea of the project and has since become a regular customer. At the café, Justin started meeting people from the local area and made some friends. They support each other when they have bad days and enjoy the good days.
The pay as you feel (payf) concept at our café was new to Justin who works two jobs in industrial cleaning and food preparation usually late at night and early in the morning. His clothing business is currently a side project Justin runs not for profit. He just wants people to like his clothes, but he does not want to profit from them.
Justin is not on social media and feels that face to face conversations with people is so much more real than pretending to be someone else on Facebook. The TRJFPBrum café at Ladywood community centre enables him to have those real conversations and he loves to tell his friends about TRJFPBrum. He asked why Ladywood was not open 5 days a week instead of only Wednesdays to Fridays.
We want to thank Justin for his regular financial contribution to our project and for his time to speak with us. Without cash we can’t pay for our sharehouse, where we store food donations, and the van we use to transport the food.
There are moments in your life where you need to give your time to other people.Irian
Soon we will say goodbye to volunteer Irian, a young man who grew up in Tahiti, an island part of French Polynesia in the Central South Pacific Ocean. It’s a French version of Hawaii, Irian says. In total, the islands together have a population of just 275k people. He currently studies Business Studies in France as he was keen to experience a ‘big country’.
of his who had volunteered with us last year told Irian about the Real Junk
Food Project Birmingham. Irian wanted to come and help people in Birmingham
because it’s something he knows from his home country. In Tahiti people cook
for each other and do a lot of charity work and Irian was drawn to our project
to feed bellies not bins. Also, his degree requires him to do a 6 week
internship and Irian liked the idea of improving his English while feeding and
helping people in Birmingham.
worked at a range of TRJFP Birmingham venues during his internship including:
He was shocked at how much food would go to waste if we didn’t intercept it and feels inspired to introduce The Real Junk Food Project to Tahiti.
English has improved a lot during his time with us and he enjoyed speaking to
all the different people he met through the project and felt that he was able
to make a difference to their lives.
think where he is from is paradise but Tahiti has all the same problems we have
including poverty and excessive wealth.
to thank Irian for his hard work with the project and wish him well for his
future studies and travels!
Festive greetings to you all. Thank you for your continued support.
Last café, Monday 17th December
Open again, Monday 14th January
Last café, Wednesday 19th December
Open again, Wednesday 9th
BOUTIQUE ONLY Thursday 20th December
CAFÉ and BOUTIQUE OPEN Thursday 10th January
Last café, Thursday 13th December
Open again, Thursday 10th January
Last café, Thursday 20th December
Open again, Thursday 10th January
Where will you be having dinner this evening? Why not join us at 100 Trades?
In conjunction with TRJFP Brum and Slow Food Birmingham, 1000 Trades are hosting a series of one day pop-ups in Zero Waste Week 3 – 8 September, and we’re catering on Monday 3rd! We’ll all be using ingredients from sources that actively reduce food waste to create delicious, varied dishes that aim to inspire.
There will be Craddocks Wasted Pale Ale on tap; a beer that has been made using surplus bread, with some of the profit going direct to The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham.
If you’re a gin fan there will also be a Rhubarb infused gin made with surplus from a community garden… the rhubarb not the gin!
On Monday it’s us in the kitchen.
Tuesday is a Surplus Pan Asian Vegan feast from Change Kitchen that doesn’t cost us the earth.
On Wednesday Kitchen Supper Club will delight us with three courses of foraged fare from Birmingham – urban dining at its best!
Thursday‘s menu focuses on bread – our most often wasted food, Slow Food Member Suzie from Artisan Epicurean has also included some Ark of Taste products within her four course menu.
Friday and Saturday‘s menu from Ox and Origin feature food that is seldom seen…
As part of our efforts to encourage you to rethink food waste we will also have a few recipes from the week along with some ways you can make a change that makes a difference on our website.
And if all of that is not enough reason to rally your friends and celebrate Zero Waste, our friends over at The Clean Kilo are giving away a discount voucher to shop with them each night to one lucky diner, chosen at random. And you can eat with us knowing that part of your ticket price is also supporting Slow Food Birmingham’s mushroom project & fundamental cooking classes.
So, click here to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/events/907704052747325/permalink/907718249412572/
This is just a quick post to let you know that the Sharehouse is going to be closed over the next few weeks to enable some maintenance to take place.
Watch this space…
One of our amazing and talented regular supporters, Tsz Wan has donated this lovely print of Kings Heath for us to auction in support of the project.
You can see more of her work here: https://tszwan.com/
If you’d like to see this hanging on your wall, you can bid in our ‘blind’ auction right here:
Closing date is Friday 17th August at 8pm.