Surplus Food, Community Style

This is a lovely idea. I must make a note to drop by next time I’m in London.


food for thoughtful action

121While in London for a conference on food waste reduction last week, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit what was described to me as a “food waste café” — or, better stated — a café that makes use of excess food donations (food that would otherwise likely go to landfill) to prepare healthy breakfast and lunch dishes for community members.  That’s Café Morningside in Hackney — just a few brief train rides outside of central London.

Café Morningside is the result of energetic collaboration between two friends and passionate cooks who, after hosting many dinner parties for friends, quickly realized the potential to bring people together over healthy food.  After organizing meals for more than one hundred individuals in UK community centres predominantly with donations of surplus food from local businesses, they hatched the idea for a café to fill social and environmental needs — creating a sense of community, providing healthy…

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