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


Working With Waitrose At Hobs Moat

The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham would like to say a huge THANK YOU to

in Solihull for partnering with us and supporting our Hobs Moat Community Café and Food Boutique, which we launched in May.

Hobs Moat Boutique
Hobs Moat Boutique

Our dedicated volunteers collect items that Waitrose can no longer sell, and deliver them to our Hobs Moat community café. Anything that can’t be used by the kitchen goes to the boutique for
customers to take home, or to our Sharehouse in Winson Green. In this way nothing is wasted as TRJFPBrum’s motto is #feedbelliesnotbins!

Anyone is welcome to eat or shop with us, we just ask for a donation of cash, time, or skills on a Pay-As-You-Feel (PAYF) basis. This makes for a fantastic welcoming environment, breaking down barriers for all members of the Hobs Moat community to attend and get involved.

The Hobs Moat Café and Food Boutique run weekly every Thursday 12pm-2pm at St Mary’s church hall. You can download and print off posters and fliers here:

Hobs Moat Poster

Hobs Moat Flier

For more details about this, or the many other venues run each week by The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham, please check out the venues page on our website

Local Area Coordination Network


Supper at The Old Rose & Crown

At 7pm on Saturday 26th May, the Old Rose and Crown Hotel is holding a Pay As You Feel Supper with proceeds going to support The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham

If you’d like a ticket, they’re £10, which includes a drink, entertainment, and a talk on food waste by one of our co-directors. You then Pay As You Feel for the meal. To book, just call The Rose & Crown on 0121 453 3502 or email

Old Rose & Crown Supper

PDF Flier attached here: Old Rose and Crown PAYF Supper

We’re still happy for you to have nappies – and baby milk too!

Hello all!

We’ve had a great response to our nappy pant surplus. Lots of people have requested them by email (see details below for what we have and how to get some), but if you haven’t been in touch and would like some (or would like more!) we still have plenty left!

We also have quite a bit of baby milk (formula), if that’s something else you need, and baby wipes too (though not masses and masses of those).

Pampers Premium Active Fit Nappy Pants size 4 and 5The nappy pants/pull-ups, milk and wipes are at our Sharehouse in Winson Green.


They are sample packs of two Pampers Premium Active Fit Nappy Pants per pack. These are pretty pricey in the shops. We’re asking for donations of just £1 per 7 sample packs (14 nappies), with no restrictions (until they’re all gone!) on how many packs you can take.

We’ve already passed lots on to local charities, women’s shelters and hospitals, but we have plenty left for the general public, so please feel free to forward this information onto anyone this could help.

We only have size 4 (8-14kg) and size 5 (11-18kg) available, and we don’t anticipate getting any other sizes, so please check that this is the correct size for your needs.

The baby milk we have is lots of different ages, stages and brands, so please specify what you’re looking for and we’ll tell you if we have it.

For wipes we ask for a donation of £1 per 3 packs or £1 per 2 packs of Water Wipes.

If you’d like any nappies, milk or wipes, and are able to get to our Sharehouse: to collect, then please:


  • giving your name
  • a contact number
  • if you’d like nappy pants (size 4 or 5) the size and number of packs you’d like (there are 2 pants per pack)
  • if you’d like formula milk, the brand and stage you’re looking for
  • if you’d like wipes
  • approximate times you’re able to collect

and we will get back to you.

Make it snappy if you’d like some nappy pants!

Nappy Pants donation

Do you know any families who use nappy pants/pull-ups?

If so, they might be interested to hear that we’ve had a large donation of size 4 and size 5 Pampers Premium Active Fit Nappy Pants at our Sharehouse in Winson Green.

We’ve already passed lots on to local charities, women’s shelters and hospitals, but we have plenty left for the general public (this pic is just a small selection of the massive donation we’ve had!), so please feel free to forward this information onto anyone this could help.

They are sample packs of two per pack. We only have size 4 (8-14kg) and size 5 (11-18kg) available, and we don’t anticipate getting any other sizes, so this is quite specific, but these are pretty pricey in the shops, usually on offer they still work out at 12p+ per nappy. We’re asking for donations of £1 per 7 sample packs (14 nappies), with no restrictions (until they’re all gone!) on how many packs you can take.


Pampers Premium Active Fit Nappy Pants size 4 and 5
Pampers Premium Active Fit Nappy Pants size 4 and 5

If you’d like some, and are able to get to our Sharehouse: to collect, then please:

  • email
  • giving your name
  • a contact number
  • size and quantity of packs you’d like (there are 2 pants per pack)
  • approximate times you’re able to collect

and we will get back to you.

Hopping you have an eggs-elent Easter!

Easter Eggs and Bunny Ears

Hi everybunny!

It’s hard to egg-nore that Easter is fast approaching!

This is just to let you all know that as usual the TRJFP Brum venues will be closed for the Bank Holidays and Volunteers will be taking a well-earned rest.

  • Ladywood Café will be closed on Friday 30th March (Good Friday), and
  • Kings Heath Café will be closed on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday)

There will be no Freegan Box collections on Good Friday (30th March)

Things will be back to normal from Wednesday 4th April.

We hop you have a cracking time.

Best wishes

Amber & the TRJFP Brum team

Sharing is Caring!

Hi everyone,

Lots of things to tell you about, it’s been a busy few weeks at TRJFP Brum!

We were visited by Charlotte Watkivs from A Zero Waste Life, who wrote a lovely blog post about us. You can read it here.

We rolled out our new induction training programme for volunteers. Thank you to everyone who gave up 2 hours of their Saturday to join us, and thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to make it happen. More dates coming soon, hopefully at a venue and time suitable for you! If you’d like to get involved – have a look here for more information about the sorts of things we need help with and how you can volunteer!

We also need to say big thanks to Burnetts Manufacturing of Northampton. They very generously donated some heavy duty shelving which we so desperately needed in our warehouse. As you can see, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, it’s in place and we’ve already started putting it into use.

Donated shelving in the TRJFPBrum warehouse

Donated shelving in the TRJFPBrum warehouseDonated shelving in the TRJFPBrum warehouse









Burnett’s donation won’t just benefit The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham! In turn, we’re donating the surplus shelving we can’t use to Birmingham Play Care Network (BPCN) for use in their Scrapstore!

Birmingham Play Care Network are a charity with very similar aims to The Real Junk Food Project. They collect and sort clean business waste and other materials or ‘scrap’ donated by individuals and companies for redistribution to individuals and organisations supporting play and creativity. You can find out more about their work here.

Birmingham Scrapstore logo

Lastly, if you’re interested in statistics, here’s the new relaunched TRJFPBrum newsletter, with information about how much food our amazing volunters rescued in 2017, and how we used it to #feedbelliesnotbins!

2018-02 TRJFPBrum Digest.compressed

That’s all for now, folks, keep up the good work!



Where TRJFP Brum Food Comes From

Wow! Two posts from us in two days; aren’t you lucky!

We here at The Real Junk Food Birmingham just wanted to clarify something that some of you may have seen in the media yesterday (Monday 30th January) which has caused some confusion.

There was an article at the end of the evening bulletin on BBC Midlands Today (you can watch it until 7pm today by following this link – the article starts at 22:26) about a local group called Brum Skippers (their Facebook Page is here:

We know the Brum Skippers. Some of them have, and still do, volunteer for TRJFP Brum, and we fully support them in their efforts to fight the needless waste of perfectly edible food.

Two Brum Skippers – Amber and Zoe who have lived off skip-rescued food for the past year.

We do need to make it clear however, that the project and the café featured in the clip are not part of The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham, despite having a similar name.

None of the food supplied to the public at any of our events or venues is ever sourced in this way. We can categorically assure you that we do not and will not source food that we supply by rummaging in bins or skips. All our donated food is exactly that – donated knowingly and willingly by suppliers, manufacturers, and individuals, and it leaves their premises through official exits and mostly during daylight hours!

TRJFP Brum adheres to all Environmental Health regulations. That includes sourcing safely, recording accurately, transporting correctly, preparing carefully, and cleaning up responsibly too.

If you’re a business and you have food that is surplus to requirements, here is our handy guide to how to donate to us so we can put it to good use and #feedbelliesnotbins:

Many thanks
Amber (a different Amber to the Brum Skippers one! Yes, we’re everywhere!) and the rest of the TRJFP Brum Team

Bonjour Croque-Monsieurs!

Bon matin tout le monde! Good morning everyone!

Today at TRJFP Brum we’re feeling continental!

We’ve just had 970 croque-monsieurs delivered to the sharehouse which are ready to be picked up by anyone who would like them for a Pay As You Feel donation (for more about what this means, please read our Frequently Asked Questions section!)

They need to be used within the next 3 days.

For anyone who is unsure what exactly a croque-monsieur is, it’s a toasted ham and cheese sandwich, but with a mustard and emmental cheese dressing on the top. They’re easy to cook; just take out of the packaging, put on a baking sheet into a medium oven for approximately 15 minutes, et voilà!

If you can get to the Sharehouse in Winson Green (click here for address details and map) before 2pm today Monday 29th January, then you are welcome to just turn up. If not, please contact us to arrange collection!

Bon appétit!