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This 'pay as you feel' community cafe is helping reduce food waste in Harrogate

Bites cafe st marks church harrogate

Published at 9:01am 9th January 2019. (Updated at 8:59am 27th February 2019)

An innovative Harrogate cafe that uses food destined for landfill is celebrating its first birthday. 

  • Resurrected Bites is based at St Mark's Church 
  • Instead of throwing produce away, local cafes and shops donate it to the project 
  • Today the cafe is marking its first birthday
  • In the last 12 months it's intercepted well over 9,000kg of food
  • There are no prices and customers 'pay what they feel'

Resurrected Bites Cafe follows a number of 'pay as you feel' cafes, the first of which was set up in Leeds in 2012. 

Since it was set up in January last year at St Mark's Church, the community cafe has served around 5,000 people and helped raise more than £2,000 for charity

The cafe opens every Wednesday between 10am-2pm. 

Food is donated by shops and cafes in the Harrogate area every week.

It's mainly made up of items the businesses can no longer sell because it's past a best before date, or items they simply no longer have the capacity to store.

The team then come up with a  menu based on what has been donated. 

bites cafe
A selection of donated food the cafe receives from local businesses every week

Michelle Hayes set up the project 12 months ago. 

Michelle said: 

"I just thought it was a real win win because it's doing a great thing for the environment by intercepting food waste. 

"Its providing an opportunity for people to come in for a community cafe. Everybody can afford to eat here, if people can't pay they don't have to pay, it's all anonymous. We don't know how much people have donated or haven't donated. 

"It gives people an opportunity to come together as a community."

Today, to help mark its first birthday, Harrogate cafe Balterzen's are lending a hand in the kitchen. 

Paul Rawlinson, Director of Balterzen's said: 

"I just don't think you can argue with addressing three issues at the same time; helping people struggling to put food on the table, stopping food going to landfill and also the loneliness element as well. 

"This January we've been running 'My Better January', challenging our guests to do 31 tasks over the month. The task for today is donating something, so we thought we could donate some of our time to the project. 

"Off the back of it we hope to tell more people about what Michelle and the team are doing here, because it's a really worthwhile thing."

The cafe is open today and every Wednesday between 10am and 2pm. 

To find out more about volunteering with the project contact Michelle at St Mark's Church on 01423 544528 

 

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