Ladywood café – Justin

“Food breaks down barriers between cultures”


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.

Irian – a volunteer from Tahiti

There are moments in your life where you need to give your time to other people.


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’.

A friend 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.

Irian has 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.

Irian’s 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.

People think where he is from is paradise but Tahiti has all the same problems we have including poverty and excessive wealth.

We’d like to thank Irian for his hard work with the project and wish him well for his future studies and travels!

Christmas Opening Times

Festive greetings to you all. Thank you for your continued support.

Kings Heath:

Last café, Monday 17th December

Open again, Monday 14th January


Last café, Wednesday 19th December

Open again, Wednesday 9th January

Bishop Latimer:

BOUTIQUE ONLY Thursday 20th December

CAFÉ and BOUTIQUE OPEN Thursday 10th January

Hodge Hill:

Last café, Thursday 13th December

Open again, Thursday 10th January

Hobs Moat:

Last café, Thursday 20th December

Open again, Thursday 10th January

Zero Waste – Incredible Taste – Monday 3rd September

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.

Love food not wasteThere 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:

Art print by Tsz Wan – Auction in support of TRJFPBrum!

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:

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.

Kings Heath Map Illustration by Tsz Wan

Job Opportunity at TRJFPBrum!

****Applications are now closed****

Would you like to work for TRJFP Brum?

Thanks to the generosity of Love Brum, and all the people who voted for us, we’re delighted to announce we have a temporary paid opportunity for the right candidate.

Hourly Paid Project Co-ordinator (Temporary Contract) Waste Management and Recycling

Salary: National Living Wage, currently £8.75ph

Hours per week: Flexible part time work between 0-6 hours per week. Ideally 2 half days (3hrs each) per week for 6 months. Exact hours to be agreed with successful candidate, depending on availability and needs of the project.

Hobs Moat Courtyard Garden
Hobs Moat Courtyard Garden

The main purpose of this role is to develop and manage waste and recycling for The Real Junk Food project across all venues in Birmingham, including an exit strategy and succession plan once the Love Brum funding for this role is exhausted, via a handover to a self-supporting team of volunteers. A secondary, but very important element to the job, is educating the public and volunteers about composting, foraging, waste management, and recycling – we envisage this taking place in the form of forest school-type environments and foraging walks.

The successful candidate will be responsible for working across all TRJFP Brum sites and devising a strategy to efficiently manage waste and recycling from the project, liaising with and motivating volunteers to help us in this process, including the beautification/maintenance of any composting/recycling facilities at each venue.

To be considered for this role you must have a keen interest in recycling, composting, and gardening, experience of working in an educational capacity (this can be voluntary experience), and experience of working with or managing volunteers. 

Kings Heath Garden Beds
Kings Heath Garden Beds

It is essential that you have access to your own vehicle for visiting different sites and transporting items between them.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the aims of TRJFP Birmingham. Please refer to our website for more information.

You will need to have a flexible approach to working, be empathetic and solution focussed; someone who enjoys working at a fast pace with a variety of tasks; who is self-managed with a strong work ethic; who has a positive outlook and a ‘can do’ attitude and is a completer / finisher.

If you feel you meet the criteria above and would like to apply for this role please send a CV (no more than 2 A4 sides) and covering letter explaining why you think you’d be suitable to

Closing date for this post is: 12th July 2018

This advert can be downloaded here:
Advert Project Co-ordinator July 2018

Nominate Us and Maybe Win a Mini Break!

Delicious Magazine have teamed up with the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) to find the People’s Favourite Restaurant 2018 – the go-to place for food that not only tastes good but does good too.

How you can get involved

Help find this year’s People’s Favourite and you could win a fabulous mini-break at Les Orangeries, an idyllic boutique hotel in rural Western France. The winners will travel there Business Premier style, courtesy of Eurostar.

Fill in the application form on the website (follow the above link) by 30 June 2018, in no more than 150 words, how The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham make meals that really matter.

Perhaps you would like to tell them about our sustainability credentials; our #feedbelliesnotbins ethos – how our food would have ended up in landfill if The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham hadn’t rescued it?

Do you want to tell them about how well we feed people; about how we offer a range of appetising, delicious, nutritious options, usually with a high veg content and more often than not, a vegan option?

Maybe you want to focus on how The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham sits at the heart of the community – supporting local people through our PayAsYouFeel model, allowing anyone who would like to, to eat with us for the price of their time, skills or cash, at venues all over Birmingham?

Or do you have a personal story to tell about how The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham has helped you? Are you a volunteer who has gone onto paid employment after working with us, maybe?

After nominations close, on 30 June 2018, the panel of judges, including delicious. editor Karen Barnes and Mike Palmer of Lucky Beach, will whittle the entries down to a shortlist which we’ll publish in the August 2018 issue of delicious. You’ll then have until 31 August 2018 to vote for the People’s Favourite Restaurant. The winner will be revealed in October 2018 and presented at the SRA’s Food Made Good Awards on 1 October 2018.

For your chance to win, please fill in the competition form here

Good Luck!

Delicious Magazine